While behind bars, Ward called out to jailers claiming someone was trying to kill him and that a gun was in his cell. Jailers searched his cell and found a .38-caliber pistol in the toilet. Ward claimed he found the gun in his bunk and tossed it into the toilet, according to an affidavit by Sheriff’s Sgt. Rocky Maestas.
The gun lacked bullets, and no bullets were found in Ward’s cell, the release said.
Investigators believe Ward hid the firearm in his rectum prior to being taken into custody
, according to a search warrant for the car he was driving when he was arrested by the Highway Patrol.
According to the sheriff’s office, Ward was taken to Onslow Memorial Hospital for possible injuries that may have occurred to Ward's rectum during concealment the revolver, which has a six-inch barrel. He was still being examined at the hospital on Friday night.
Authorities say that while the gun was not loaded, it was test fired by OCSO crime scene investigators
and determined to be functional.