Deputy Fired, Charged With Assaulting Wife

LELAND, N.C. (AP) -- A North Carolina sheriff's deputy has been accused of assaulting his estranged wife.

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office says it has fired 28-year-old Nicholas Dillon.

Dillon is charged with assault on a female in neighboring Brunswick County.

Dillon's wife is a Wilmington police detective who investigates domestic violence cases.

Leland Police Lt. Karl Smith said the woman was hit in the face and ribs outside her home in Leland. She was treated and released from a hospital Sunday.

Dillon was hired by the sheriff's office in 2007. He had worked part-time since August.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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