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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired after allegedly trying to use his Taser on a utility worker.

The Sheriff’s Office says Reed Roberts was at his home in Pender County yesterday waiting for a technician to restore power to his home. Once the technician arrived and began reconnecting the utilities, the Sheriff’s Office says there was an altercation between Roberts and the technician, and Roberts fired his Taser. There’s been no official word yet on whether the technician was injured.

An internal investigation determined Roberts violated Sheriff’s Office policy.

“I continue to hold my deputies to a higher standard, and I will not tolerate this type of behavior,” Sheriff Ed McMahon said in a statement.

Roberts, a patrol officer, has been with the Sheriff’s Office since January 2012. He can appeal his firing to the Internal Review Board.

The Pender County Sheriff’s Office says it is investigating possible criminal charges in the case.

Duke Energy Progress has not returned our call for comment.


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  • amcabbott

    You are so right, John Wayne Gacy was a great childrens clown but we never hear about his great work with kids.

  • Bill Rogers

    An observation not being mentioned here:

    People do not appreciate what (water, electric, gas) utility meter readers and/or utility field service personnel go through on a daily basis to deliver utility service to their customers.

    There are challenges with venomous snakes lurking about (moccasins, etc), venomous spiders hiding in all sorts of places (widow, recluse etc), dangerous dogs, angry customers, possibility of electrocution, water-borne disease pathogens, weather extremes, so on and so forth.

    For all they’re exposed to, you will not hear utility workers do a bunch of complaining, either. On the whole, they’re a happy, friendly bunch of individuals who try their dangdest to meet customer service requests.

    People say, “ah, you got the easy job — you just lift a lid and read a meter all day”. To them, I say, “Why don’t you come try this job for a month or two, then get back to me?”

    We don’t sit in cubicles in climate-controlled offices. We work in all kinds of weather, sometimes even lightning. We work outside all day in temperatures ranging from 15 degrees to over 100 degrees.

    It’s just something to think about.

  • Nikki Haugen

    People love to jump to conclusions when the full story isn’t there. This is a one-sided story, how can anyone judge a person over this? The media loves to report about the bad, but where is the good?? I don’t see anything about how this SAME Deputy participated in “Shop with a Cop” and took a less fortunate little girl Christmas shopping so she had toys on Christmas. Where is the story about that??! This is ridiculous and those who are responding with judgmental and hurtful comments are just as bad as the media reporting this one sided story.

  • electrical guy

    Was this a power outage service call or was the power disconnected for lack of payment?

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