|North Carolina Department of Public Safety|
|For Immediate Release
July 5, 2001
Officer found dead at Cleveland Correctional Center
SHELBY – A correctional officer at Cleveland Correctional Center was found dead from a gunshot wound shortly before 4 a.m. today. Philip Vernon Stewart, 23, was on duty in one of the prison’s watch towers at the time of the incident.
The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death. Stewart had been employed as an officer at the prison since February 2000.
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