Nash County sheriff says deputy acted properly when placing teen in handcuffs

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 Nash County’s sheriff said a deputy acted correctly as he put handcuffs on a teen in an incident that was caught on video and posted to social media. 

“The deputy did everything correct,” said Nash County Sheriff Keith Stone. “He used great restraint. This is a hot call. This was a call with a man with a firearm who had been firing up and down the road.”

The video, which has been shared more than 2,000 times on Facebook, was taken Sunday in a Castalia neighborhood by the teen who was placed into handcuffs. 

The video shows a deputy next to a teen who is sitting on a bench. As the deputy asks the teen questions, the teen answers a phone call. The two then enter into a struggle which leaves the teen sobbing and saying he is only 14 years old.

Stone said the unidentified teen was with 30-year-old Lucio Gomez Jr. at the time of the incident. 

According to warrants, Gomez committed an armed robbery not too long before the video was shot.

“This is who this young man is hanging out with,” said Stone. “The parents need to be concerned with who am I letting my kids hang out with. Summer is coming on and if I can teach the public anything monitor your kids.”

Nash County was one of the first in the state to deploy body cameras in the field and Stone said all four caught the incident in question. 

Stone said he can’t release those videos without a superior court judge signing off on it first.

“Officers in this case did have the video cameras on and did everything right,” said Stone. “I was very proud of the restraint that they used because these officers want to go home to their families every day too. We can’t have somebody not complying with law enforcement.”

Stone said the teen was not charged and released by to his parents. 

When asked why the teen wasn’t charged Sheriff Stone said he thought it is important the child has a clean record. 

CBS 17 has reached out to the teen’s mother, but she declined to comment.

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