SBI begins investigation in Ramseur
RAMSEUR, Mar 20, 2013 (The Courier-Tribune - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
An SBI agent interviewed a Ramseur police officer Tuesday about an incident that occurred while the officer was on duty about two weeks ago.
Ramseur Police Chief Larry Lewallen said the agent interviewed at least one other person regarding the incident on the night of March 7 at King Hill Apartments.
The agent told him that it would be two or three weeks before a report was made to the Randolph County District Attorney's office, where a decision will be made on whether any charges will be filed.
The investigation stems from a couple of 911 calls made around 10:30 p.m. on March 7. Sandi Smith, the supervisor of Randolph County's 911 telecommunicators, said at the time that both calls reported "an incident involving a Ramseur police officer and one of his family members."
In one call, a woman reported that help was needed at the apartments.
"I need a cop here now," she said. "We got a cop down here beating hell out of some woman, trying to force her into a car with her kids to make her go home to her husband ..."
The caller later told the 911 telecommunicator that the officer pushed the woman to the ground and she was still there minutes after the officer drove away with the woman's two children in his police cruiser. She told the telecommunicator that the woman said she did not need an ambulance.
The Randolph County Sheriff's Office was called in to investigate that night, Lewallen said, but since the Ramseur officer is also a sworn reserve with the sheriff's department, the case was turned over to the State Bureau of Investigation.
Lewallen originally said the officer, who has not been identified, would remain in the shift rotation. He said Tuesday that the officer was subsequently placed on paid leave.
"I rethought that and with advice of the town attorney decided that it would be better if he stayed on paid leave until the investigation is over," Lewallen said.
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