Kyron Hinton, whose beating by law enforcement in 2018 led to criminal charges against three Highway Patrol troopers and one sheriff’s deputy, has died, Raleigh police and an advocate for Hinton have confirmed.
Raleigh police were called Saturday evening to the 700 block of Cooper Road, police spokeswoman Laura Hourigan said in a statement. When officers arrived at 6:55 p.m., emergency medical personnel were performing cardiopulmonary resuscitation on Hinton. Those personnel then took Hinton to WakeMed, where he was pronounced dead, Hourigan said.
The cause of death has not been determined, and the investigation continues, she added.
Diana Powell, executive director of Justice Served NC and an advocate for Hinton, had confirmed Hinton’s death Saturday night.
Sign Up and Save
Get six months of free digital access to The News & Observer
“We still don’t know what happened,” she said in a brief phone interview. “I just know that they found him in the house.”
In April, two State Highway Patrol troopers and a Wake County sheriff’s deputy were accused of using excessive force while arresting Hinton at North Raleigh Boulevard and Yonkers Road, The N&O reported. Hinton also was bitten by the deputy’s dog.
The next month, a Wake County grand jury returned indictments charging the troopers, Michael Blake and Tabithia Davis, with assault inflicting bodily injury and willfully failing to discharge duties. They were fired in June.
Six months later, a grand jury returned additional indictments against them for felony charges of obstruction of justice and conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice. Their supervisor the night of the beating, Sgt. R.T. Goswick, was also indicted and was fired.
The sheriff’s deputy, Cameron Broadwell, was charged with felony assault and put on administrative duty.
On June 3, 2018, Hinton was cited in an assault on a Wake sheriff’s deputy, The N&O reported.
The Wake sheriff’s office was responding to a reported shooting in the 2300 block of Golden Avenue in Raleigh and found no shooting victim but found Hinton behind a residence, the sheriff’s office reported. Deputies asked EMS to evaluate Hinton, and EMS personnel, Hinton’s mother and deputies got him into an ambulance, the sheriff’s office reported.
“Once in the ambulance, Mr. Hinton became combative and resisted treatment,” the sheriff’s office reported in an email to The N&O. “During the evaluation, Mr. Hinton kicked a deputy.”
In September 2018, Hinton was charged by police with assault on a law enforcement officer; damage to government property; resist, delay and obstruct; and second-degree trespassing, The N&O reported on Sept. 21.
At that time, police said, officers were sent to Longview Grocery at 2405 Poole Road to check on a disturbance. They said a man, later identified as Hinton, was swinging a bottle of bleach and an ash trash stand. Hinton continued to kick and resist when the officers tried to secure him, police said.
Wake County court records show Hinton was scheduled to appear in court March 15 on misdemeanor charges of resisting an officer, trespassing, assaulting a government official or employee and injuring personal property.