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SBI investigates after alleged assault on a Sheriff’s Deputy

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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