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New Hanover Co. Sheriff: Internal investigation into Hewett death complete

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s office has wrapped up its internal investigation into the death of former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

In a press release, Sheriff Ed McMahon said they reviewed numerous documents, audio and video recordings, witness interviews, and other pieces of submitted evidence. He says that the personnel at the New Hanover County Detention Facility involved acted in accordance with their policies and procedures.

However, Hewett’s death is still being investigated separately by the State Bureau of Investigation. After completing its report, the SBI will forward it to the New Hanover County District Attorney’s Office for review.

Sheriff McMahon said it is his intention that, once the SBI report is finished and has been reviewed by the District Attorney, he can release all the information including video contained in the internal investigation, consistent with what North Carolina law allows and with respect for the wishes of Mr. Hewett’s family.

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