Wake County sheriff responds after man in excessive force case cited with assault

Wake County News

The Wake County sheriff is speaking about a Sunday morning incident involving Kyron Hinton – the Raleigh man who is also at the center of an excessive force case that has three officers facing assault charges. 

Two North Carolina troopers and a Wake County deputy are accused of beating Hinton and turning a K-9 loose on him during an incident in April. 

Now, in a separate case over the weekend, Hinton is the one accused of assaulting an officer.

Around 12:15 a.m. Sunday Hinton’s mother says she called for help because her son was having a mental health emergency. Wake County officials said they received a call about a reported shooting at the same location.

During the course of a 911 call, Wake County Sheriff Donnie Harrison says Kyron Hinton can be heard talking about a shooting.  

In a transcript of one of two calls, Vicki Hinton is heard saying her son is on another line to 911 and agrees he is talking about a shooting.

In the other 911 call, a man Harrison identifies as Kyron Hinton says, “I need somebody to come immediately … Somebody’s been shot.”

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When deputies responded they didn’t find anyone shot, but behind his mother’s home they did find Hinton,  who they say appeared to be in need of medical help. 

Hinton was taken to an ambulance, according to authorities.  That’s when officials say he resisted treatment became combative and kicked a deputy, officials said.  

“He was making some comments to the deputies that we’re trying to hold him down but he wanted to murder or kill us. That’s what he was saying ‘kill you’ and we don’t know if he was lashing out to be lashing out,” said Harrison.

“But we can’t control that we got a job to do regardless of who he is. And it doesn’t make a difference to us whether it was Kyron Hinton or anybody else.”

Diana Powell with Justice Served N.C. has spoken on Hinton’s behalf in the past.

On Sunday at a news conference she said: “If there is evidence that police targeted him for retribution, we ask for a complete investigation.”

Harrison says retribution was absolutely not the case.

Hinton was not arrested he was cited with misdemeanor assault on a government officer.

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