Horry Co. police officer arrested, fired after fight with wife

Charles McLendon (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Charles McLendon (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - An Horry County Police officer has been terminated after his arrest for criminal domestic violence.

The officer, 42-year-old Charles McLendon, was "agitated" when his brothers in arms arrived at his Whaler Harbour home Monday morning in response to a domestic situation.

He was taken out of the home in handcuffs while the officers spoke to his wife, whom he had separated from.

She reports that a male friend dropped her off at her home, which angered her husband, causing him to yell at her over the PA system in his car.

She claims in the police report he threatened to kill himself, saying "tonight was going to be his last night."

McLendon's wife left the home, but admits that minutes later she found her husband following her, asking her over his PA system to pull over.

When she refused, she claims McLendon "used his emergency equipment, drove past the victim and forced her to stop in the road."

That's when she says he approached her with weapon drawn, taking off his wedding ring and throwing it in the car.

The report states McLendon then took the magazine from his gun, tossed it in his wife's car, and said, "he had one bullet left in his gun to do what he needed to do."

McLendon felt certain he was going to hurt himself, but says he then went back to the home and broke two doors off their hinges. She came home to find him ransacking her bedroom and they got in an argument.

During the altercation, the wife claims McLendon grabbed her and put her in a choke hold until she hit him with an air freshener can and he let her go.

After the fight, McLendon called for police to respond to the home. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then transported to J, Reuben Long Detention Center where he is charged with misconduct in office and criminal domestic violence.

McLendon was released on bail before 5 p.m. Monday.

According to Horry County officials, Corporal McLendon began his employment with the Horry County Police Department on May 11, 1999.

Corporal McLendon has been terminated from employment with Horry County.

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