MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - A Mount Pleasant fire captain was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with third degree domestic violence after a fight with his wife in a King Street parking garage, according to an incident report.
Chris Sanders, 42, was released on a $5,237 bond. His wife, Lauren Sanders, 34, was charged with first degree domestic violence as well as possession of a weapon during a violent crime and posted a $10,000 bond.
Chris Sanders has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an investigation by the Mount Pleasant fire department, according to Mount Pleasant town communications manager Martine Wolfe-Miller.
“He voluntary informed his supervisors about an incident that occurred during the weekend,” Wolfe-Miller said. “At this time, no disciplinary action has been taken by the Mount Pleasant Fire Department while waiting for the release of the Charleston Police Department’s incident report.”
Charleston police officers responded to the fifth floor of a parking garage in the 500 block of King Street at approximately 2:15 a.m. Sunday to a dispute between the two, the report stated. Officers found Chris Sanders standing on the driver’s side of a white Ford Escape with his hands up and his wife Lauren crying hysterically on the ground of the passenger side of the truck, the report stated.
Lauren stated that Chris hit her several times and the pair are going through a divorce and she had convinced him to go to a party on King Street in an attempt to save their marriage, the report stated.
While walking back to their SUV, the pair began arguing. Lauren claimed in the incident report that Chris had hit her several times before pushing her out of the SUV and she fell on the ground.
That’s when Lauren told officers that she called 911. At no point did Lauren mention anything about a gun during her recollection of events, an officer wrote in the report. When asked about whether a gun was involved, Lauren then told police that Chris removed a gun from her purse and pointed it at her before pushing he out of the car, the report stated.
While speaking with Lauren, the officer wrote that they did not see any marks, scrapes or abrasions on her body, according to the report. The officer also wrote in the incident report that Lauren changed her story several times while speaking to officers about what happened and that she appeared “grossly intoxicated.”
Officers then spoke to Chris, who confirmed that the pair were going through a divorce and went out to a party on King Street to try to save the marriage. Chris told officers that Lauren hit him in the face and then reached into her purse, pulled out a pistol, racked the slide and pointed it at his face, according to the report.
Chris told officers he grabbed the gun from Lauren, pushed her away and disarmed it and that’s when she fell out of the passenger’s side door, the report stated. He then told officers that he got out of the SUV and called 911. The officer stated in the report he could tell Chris had been drinking, but was not “grossly intoxicated" and that his story was consistent.
Both were interviewed by a detective at Charleston police headquarters, who then determined that both would be arrested and charged, according to the report
During the interviews, a small lump became more apparent on Lauren’s forehead, according to the report.