Deputy fired after allegedly firing Taser at utility worker
WILMINGTON, N.C. — A New Hanover County Sheriff’s deputy has been fired after allegedly trying to use his Taser on a utility worker.
Authorities told WWAY-TV that Deputy Reed Roberts was at his Pender County home Thursday waiting for a technician to restore power to his residence.
The Sheriff’s Office said once the technician arrived and started reconnecting the utilities, an altercation developed between the two and Roberts fired his Taser. Authorities have not said if the technician was injured.
An internal investigation determined that 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, according to WWAY-TV.
Roberts was a patrol officer and had been with the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office since the beginning of last year. He can appeal his firing to the Internal Review Board.
The Pender County Sheriff’s Office said it is investigating possible criminal charges in the case.
It remains uncertain what caused the alleged altercation between Roberts and the technician.