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COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A man was arrested in Columbus County after allegedly assaulting a Sheriff’s Deputy.

According to investigators, Brandon Hamer grabbed Deputy Scott Collins around the throat and neck while Collins was trying to arrest Hamer for carrying a concealed handgun.

Court documents show Hamer also ran from Collins twice and refused to obey orders.

Hamer was charged with assault on a government official, resisting a public officer, carrying a concealed gun, felony possession of a stolen firearm, and possession of a gun with an altered serial number.

Columbus County Sheriff Chris Batten says he cannot release the dash cam video because the case is now under investigation by the SBI.

Batten says the suspect’s father is claiming Collins used excess force.


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  • k Cobbs

    Thats the problem with the justice system now. You miseducated pubicl official feel like yoi have the right to do what ever you want and ” be justified” . So you feel its okay to shoot and potentially kill and individual who merely choked you. Foolishness.

  • tenthirtyeight

    You screw with the bull, you get the horns. Good job, Collins.

  • Guest 1040

    What a miscarriage of justice that the court system has to be tied up with such ….

  • xxx

    Bad part of the whole story is that the DA for Columbus County will probally give Hamer probation for all the charges.

  • beach guy

    I agree with you entirely in fact I do not think this practice should be confined only to LEO’s! There would be a demonstrated drop in choking and exactly 50% less witnesses to interview. A win win in my book.

  • Guest2478

    Well when you choke a law enforcement officer bad things tend to happen. He should feel lucky that he is alive because being a law enforcement officer myself, I would have shot him and been justified in doing so.

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