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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The 23-year-old man shot by a New Hanover County Deputy last week is now in the New Hanover County Jail.

Darius Hester was booked around 7 p.m.

Court documents show Darius Hester has been accused before of having a weapon before, but the last time he got out of it.

Hester was scheduled to make his first appearance in court this afternoon. He did not make it, because he was still recovering at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Hester is charged with attempted first degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon on a government official.

The Sheriff’s Office says Dep. Joshua Cranford was on patrol in the Rockhill Road area in Castle Hayne Friday when he encountered Hester. According to an arrest warrant, Hester took a 9 mm semi-automatic Luger from his waistband and tried to shoot Cranford.

Neither the Sheriff’s Office nor the SBI, which is handling the investigation into the shooting, are not saying what led to incident. Dep. Cranford is on administrative leave as the investigation continues.

The suspect’s younger sister, who did not want to go on camera, says Hester was shot in the back right shoulder, like he was “walking away.” She said she was able to see her brother briefly Friday after the shooting, but has not seen him since.

Court documents show Hester was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia in July 2012. His file also shows that he performed 10 hours of community service after his arrest and also had to follow an overnight curfew. The district attorney later dismissed the charges.


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  • Didathis

    Damn shame didn’t kill him. Less money out of my first 13 days of the month.

  • Guesttoo

    It would be interesting to know why the 2012 charges were dropped. It would also be interesting to know if he was the rightful, legal owner of the weapon last year. Was it returned to him when the charges were dropped? Was it the same one used in this incident?

    I could care less if he was shot in the back shoulder. If he tried to shoot an officer and then run, he’s fair game at that point.

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