Crime & Courts

Mecklenburg County sheriff’s deputy fired after DWI arrest

A male victim was fatally shot in the neck outside of an apartment complex in west Charlotte Monday night.
A male victim was fatally shot in the neck outside of an apartment complex in west Charlotte Monday night. File Photo

A Mecklenburg County sheriff’s deputy was fired after being arrested in neighboring Union County on a DWI charge, the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release Friday.

DeWayne Huggins also was charged with “carrying a concealed handgun while ... the person has remaining in his body alcohol previously consumed,” the sheriff’s office said.

Huggins was off-duty driving his personal vehicle when he was arrested just after midnight Friday, according to the news release. The handgun was “personally owned” and not a “service weapon” issued by the sheriff’s office, the news release said.

Huggins joined the sheriff’s office in 2009 and most recently worked in the arrest processing center.

Joe Marusak: 704-358-5067; @jmarusak
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