• Jefferson Weaver

Deputy Sworn In, Discharged After Two Days

Michael “Bull” Shaw was discharged from the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office Friday, less than two days after being sworn in as an auxiliary deputy.

Shaw is facing an assault charge that stems from a 2021 high speed chase in Bladen County. The case is still in the court system. Shaw resigned from the BCSO shortly after the incident.

Shaw allegedly beat the suspect with a flashlight on Oct. 8, 2021. He was indicted by a grand jury on a single charge of assault with a deadly weapon, inflicting serious injury. Shaw was booked and released on a $100,000 secured bond.

On Nov. 1, Sheriff Jim McVicker of the BCSO put Shaw on paid administrative leave after the indictment, but Shaw resigned shortly thereafter.

The suspect in the case, William Colt Cain, was eventually charged with trafficking in opiates, heroin possession, maintaining a vehicle for drug activities, assault on a government official, destroying evidence, speeding and multiple traffic violations.

Shaw intercepted Cain near Elizabethtown while Cain was traveling at a high rate of speed, according to warrants. Cain is alleged to have driven through several red lights well above the speed limit while trying to avoid Shaw and other law enforcement. Shaw was listed as the arresting officer on Cain’s warrants.

If Shaw is found not guilty of the assault charge, he could still face a review by the Sheriff's Standards Commission.

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