Man Tased At Dad's Funeral: Deputies Disciplined

Five members of the New Hanover County Sheriff's Office will be disciplined after undercover agents converged on a funeral and tried to arrest the dead man's son -- and used a Taser on him in the process.

The Star-News of Wilmington reported that Sheriff Sid Causey said one of the five facing action is Chief Deputy Ed McMahon, who was in charge of arresting Gladwyn Taft Russ III when the 42-year-old man attended his father's funeral on Saturday.

Causey also said two lieutenants and the two undercover deputies who arrested Russ will be disciplined, but the sheriff would not describe what action would be taken.

The incident happened as the coffin was being loaded into a hearse. Officers planned to quietly arrest Russ, who was serving as a pallbearer.


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  • by Reed on Nov 24, 2008 at 06:45 PM
    That is the definition of professional.
  • by alex Location: vanceboro on Nov 24, 2008 at 04:40 PM
    good for the deputies
  • by Cat Location: Gboro on Nov 24, 2008 at 10:34 AM
    Has anybody else read what Chris wrote? Would any of you up here passing judgement let some scum bag crook do that to you without reacting? And as far as his poor mother burying her soulmate, and then the bad cops drawing down on her delinquent son? Pssht! Oh well! He should have turned himself in like he said he would. I guess sometimes you just can't take a criminals word, huh? Who would have thunk it. Thanks for telling more of the story, Chris.
  • by Obama Snake Oil Co Location: Washington on Nov 24, 2008 at 07:42 AM
    Thanks Chris, I figured the details of the "Whole Story" were not in. Obviously, now it sheds light to what really happend and why. Some people need to understand expecting "bad guys" to do what is right does not apply here. You make your bed, you sleep in it.
  • by Dwayne Location: Greenville on Nov 24, 2008 at 05:31 AM
    Instilling trust in the community. New Hanover is catching up with Pitt/Lenoir. Sarcasm intended.
  • by $$$ Location: NC on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:24 PM
    Does anyone know exactly what this man was wanted for?
  • by Tad Location: Jamesville on Nov 23, 2008 at 10:20 PM
    If the thug cared that much for his family he should have turned himself in long before it came to this or perhaps he should have obeyed the law to begin with. I'm glad they got him. Suspend the officers with pay for a week and move on to the next fugitive.
  • by Matt Location: NC on Nov 23, 2008 at 09:51 PM
    WITN: shouldn't such stories be left for Jerry Springer? Reminds me of the Don Henley tune "Dirty Laundry".
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:57 PM
    There is a time and a place for everything....that wasn't it! Poor momma, she is laying to rest her soul mate and the police are drawing guns on her son. OMG, hang your heads low to who gave the order and the ones who didn't have enough common sense and decency to wait.
  • by Mary Location: North Carolina on Nov 23, 2008 at 05:21 PM
    I cannot imagine that two lieutenants and the two undercover deputies did not have enough prudent judgment to wait until the services were over. Sometimes common sense goes a very long way.
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