Former New Hanover Co. Deputy Charged With Using Taser on Utility Worker

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C.-- A former New Hanover County Sheriff's deputy is facing charges after being accused of using a department issued Taser on a utility worker.

According to the Wilmington Star News, Reed Douglas Roberts, 26, is charged with Misdemeanor Simple Assault. The incident allegedly happened last Thursday at Roberts' house in Pender County. 

Sgt. Jerry Brewer with the Sheriff's Office said it happened after a Duke Energy Progress contract worker arrived to restore power. An altercation occured when the worker, identified as Jerome Wallace, began reconnecting power, Sgt Brewer said.

The technician was working for Grid One Solutions, a contractor for Duke Energy Progress, a Grid One spokesperson confirmed Friday.

A warrant obtained by the Newspapers states that Roberts fired the stun gun at Wallace and both electrical probes from the taser struck Wallace in the abdomen.

Friday, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon confirmed to the newspaper that Roberts was fired and arrested the same day of the alleged assault.

Pender County Sheriff's Office Sgt. Randolph King, said Roberts was released by a magistrate on an unsecured bond after he was read the charges .

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