Police: Summerville officer fired, law enforcement license suspended after breaking into girlfriend’s home

Police: Summerville officer fired, law enforcement license suspended after breaking into girlfriend’s home
Lt. Nicholas Morella is charged first degree burglary after trying to break into a home.

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - A Summerville police officer has been fired and his law enforcement license suspended after police say he broke into his girlfriend’s home in March.

According to documents from the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, Nicholas Morella’s license was suspended on April 9 following the March 22 incident. He was fired from the department on April 2 with the department citing “conduct unbecoming of a police officer.” He was previously only on leave following his arrest.

Morella’s girlfriend called the Summerville police department around 3 a.m. on March 22 to report that he was drunk and harassing her and trying to break into her house despite being told to leave her alone, according to Morella’s training history documents.

While on the phone with a dispatch operator, Morella’s girlfriend then hid in the closet with her 10-year-old son and a gun. When officers arrived, they took Morella into custody and escorted the woman out of the house.

Morella told detectives that the pair had been dating for three months, she invited him over for dinner and he had three glasses of wine before leaving at 10 p.m. He then admitted that he went to a bar where he had beer and shots before going back to his girlfriend’s house uninvited because he had the code to her door, according to the documents.

When his girlfriend didn’t answer the door when he knocked, Morella went inside and then went to her bedroom door and continued knocking. As he was about to leave, officers arrived at the house, according to the documents.

Morella was charged with first degree burglary. The arrest warrant stated that he tried to contact her several times and she asked him not to come to the house and if he did then she would call police.

Officers also observed a damaged frame on the back door of the house.

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