DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A domestic dispute ended Monday evening with a man being sent to the hospital with a gunshot wound and deputies charging him with a crime.
Dorchester County sheriff's deputies were called out to Wise Road in the Twin Lakes subdivision near Summerville Monday night, to break up the fight between Christopher Brown and his wife. Deputies say Brown will be charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
They say the fight started when Brown threatened to push his wife off a riding lawnmower. They say it escalated and he pushed his wife on the chest and struck her multiple times with a belt.
"I always think about what could have been done to avoid someone being shot, a woman and her children going through such a traumatic experience," executive director of My Sister's House Elmire Raven said.
Advocates for victims of domestic violence say it's important to take precaution before violence escalates. Those recommendations include calling police to report violence, separating from the abuser, and getting an order of protection from family court
Investigators say in the Wise Road case, Brown wouldn't stop striking his wife until she grabbed a gun from the bedroom and shot him. Deputies say the woman had welts and bruises on her back, arms, and legs and that she acted in self defense when she shot her husband in the upper left thigh.
The entire fight deputies say went down in front of the couple's three kids. Experts say children who witness their mother being beaten by their father or defending them from their father must deal with a very traumatic experience.
"Statistics show that children that live in domestic violence situations will either be the victims or abusers of tomorrow. It is a cycle that has to be broke. Counseling will help because you need to address the issue," Raven said.
Brown was taken to the hospital to be treated for his gunshot wound. Deputies say they will charge him with criminal domestic violence and he will be held in the Dorchester County Detention Center.
A background check shows Brown has been charged with criminal domestic violence 13 years ago, but he was not convicted of the crime.