N. Charleston Firefighter on administrative leave following arrest

N. Charleston Firefighter on administrative leave following arrest

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston firefighter has been put on administrative leave following his arrest Saturday.

Darius Ryant faces a 2nd-degree domestic violence charge following a physical altercation with his girlfriend, a police report states.

Police responded to the 4500 block of Great Oak Drive shortly after 10 p.m. Friday in reference to a domestic disturbance.

When they arrived at the scene, officers spoke to both parties involved.

Ryant told police he had gotten into an argument with his girlfriend with whom he has a daughter. He then told officers the argument started over the victim thinking he was flirting with the server at the pizza restaurant they had taken their daughter and her two sons to.

The argument reportedly got heated, and the couple's nine-month-old daughter, who was in a car seat, was knocked over by the victim. An incident report states that's when Ryant "lost it".

Police said Ryant admitted to punching the victim in the hip and then "setting her on the bed". He also told police he threw her cell phone, breaking it.

The victim told police she did not want to press charges and signed a non-prosecution form. According to the incident report, she said she was afraid of him, but did not want him to lose his job.

The victim told police during the argument Ryant was trying to leave with the baby and attempted to grab the car seat their daughter was in.

According to the incident report, the woman attempted to call the police but Ryant took her phone and broke it in his hands. The victim then told police Ryant grabbed her by the ankles and dragged her across the bedroom, leaving multiple burns on her back, shoulders, and legs.

Officers said the victim also had a lump on her head after Ryant allegedly threw her on the side of the bed, causing her to hit the frame of the box spring.

Despite all of her injuries, the victim told officers she did not need EMS but would go to the hospital if needed. Ryant had no visible injuries nor complained about having any, according to police.

Ryant has been with the North Charleston Fire Department since Jan. of 2017. He is on administrative leave until further notice.

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