More questions than answers in Hewett’s jailhouse death

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Officials are keeping a tight grasp on information as the investigation into the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ron Hewett continues.

The 51-year-old died in the New Hanover County Jail Saturday shortly after sources say he was tased. Meanwhle, the SBI investigation moved forward with an autopsy in Greenville today, but some key information is still sealed.

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ATF agents arrested Hewett Wednesday after executing a search warrant at his house in Supply. It is still unclear who or what may have tipped off agents to get the warrant. Even though the former sheriff is dead, the federal search warrant remains sealed for now.

Hewett’s son Justin works for the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office. We reached out to him, but the Sheriff’s Office says he is out and does not know when he will be back.

The family has not made any funeral arrangements yet according to the funeral home set to handle things, most likely because medical examiners are doing an autopsy on Hewett.

We also reached out to former District Attorney Rex Gore, who fought to remove Hewett from office back in 2008. He has not returned our phone calls.

We also met with William Peregoy, Hewett’s attorney, who said he did not have time to make a comment today.

Brunswick County sheriff John Ingram, who replaced Hewett, only commented that his thoughts and prayers are with Hewett’s family and friends.