WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- An update to a story you saw FIRST ON 3. A New Hanover County Sheriff's lieutenant is on administrative leave after some sort of trouble this weekend. With the helicopter pilot's future up in the air, we take a closer look at Scott Gerow's tenure with the Sheriff's Office and the incident under internal investigation.
With an internal investigation underway the Sheriff's Office can't say much, but an event report from the Communications Department reveals that the incident involving Lt. Gerow may involve threats that were made. The document describes the incident as a communication of threats. Under the notes section, two lines stand out. One says, "reference to an assault," and the one below it that says, "possibly involving a deputy."
Due to the internal investigation the Sheriff's Office can't confirm nor deny the info on the document. Sheriff Ed McMahon says no criminal charges were filed, but the department is taking a closer look to see if policies were broken.
"As we looked into the complaint, the criminal part was closed," McMahon said. "Then we turned it into our internal affairs investigators, and they are currently conducting the investigation right now."
As for Gerow's history with the department, he was hired in November 2007 as the Sheriff's helicopter pilot. He makes a little more than $55,000 a year and is paid an extra $6,000 a year for housing and insuring the helicopter at his home in the Pilots Ridge community.
We reached out to Gerow by phone and at properties listed in the phone book to get his side, but we got no answer. Sheriff McMahon expects the internal investigation to wrap up fairly quickly.
As for the helicopter, the Sheriff's Office says it is grounded for now. If there's an incident where they may need it, they'll ask the Wilmington Police Department for help.