USCG commander arrested on domestic violence charges

Ellis. (Source: Charleston County Sheriff's Office)
Ellis. (Source: Charleston County Sheriff's Office)

LINCOLNVILLE, SC (WCSC) - The commander of the Coast Guard ship Dallas was arrested Wednesday as a result of an early morning domestic dispute with his wife.

Officers responded to their Lincolnville home shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday where they found Lawrence Ellis, 41, allegedly intoxicated and irate. According to the incident report, Ellis' wife was on the phone with her mother, who called police after she heard Ellis acting violently toward Mrs. Ellis.

Ellis admitted to officers he had too much to drink and became enraged during an argument over the couples' possible divorce as a result. He also said he was angry because his wife refused his sexual advances since his return from Coast Guard deployment.

Ellis' wife told officers she was afraid of the USCG Commander when he was intoxicated, said the report. She said Ellis had thrown a glass of wine at her and kicked an end table into a wall. Officers noted the hole in the wall and the broken picture frames that resulted from the table being kicked. She told officers that while Ellis had not physically hurt her during the incident, she feared for her and her son's safety.

According to the report, their son is autistic and Mrs. Ellis said that is a point of strife between the couple.

Officers convinced Ellis to sit down while they interviewed his wife, said the report, but "[he] sat in a chair like he was sitting at attention with his hands clasped behind his back."

According to the report, Ellis shouted in response to his wife's statement. "This is it! This is the end! This is just ***ing great! That's right, I did it," he said.

When asked about past domestic violence, Mrs. Ellis showed another hole in a wall where Ellis allegedly threw a pumpkin at her during an argument, said the report. She also told officers she had photos of bruises he had allegedly caused that she would be using in their divorce proceedings.

Ellis was transported to the Charleston County Detention Center where he will be housed until July 26 bond hearing. The officers also contacted the Victim's Advocates Office to provide assistance for Mrs. Ellis.

The Coast Guard was notified of the incident and Ellis' arrest.

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