NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Berkeley County deputy who was arrested early Thursday morning following allegations of domestic violence at his apartment in North Charleston has been suspended without pay.
De'Angelo Scott, 30, is charged by with criminal domestic violence, according to court records.
Scott was suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation, according to Berkeley County Sheriff's spokesman Dan Moon. Scott has been a deputy with Berkeley County for six years, Scott says.
Dorchester County deputies say the incident occurred at the Archdale Forest Apartment complex just after 12 a.m. Deputies met with the victim, who claimed she was attacked by 30-year-old De'Angelo Scott after entering his apartment.
According to an incident report, the victim says she followed Scott to his apartment and used her key to unlock his door, but the chain was locked from the inside. She was able to reach her hand in the opening to unlock the chain to open the door.
The victim was reportedly confronted by Scott, and their verbal altercation became physical.
The victim claims Scott grabbed her by the neck causing her to fall to the ground, grabbed her by the face, and then dragged her out into the parking lot by her hair. She then called 911.
Deputies say they observed several injuries to the victim, including red marks on her face and neck, and scratches on her shoulder, knee, elbow, and back.
The report states deputies questioned Scott, who claimed he was attempting to keep the victim from entering his apartment after she kicked the front door open causing the chain to break. Officers checked the door chain, which was broken.
Deputies say Scott referenced their size difference, saying "I don't have to do much to hold her off," and admitted that it was probable she had injuries.
The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office was notified of the incident, and arrived at the scene to collect Scott's firearm, and other Berkeley County property, the report states.