Berkeley Co. deputy accused of threatening to kill wife, possession of drugs

Berkeley Co. deputy accused of threatening to kill wife, possession of drugs

DORCHESTER COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Dorchester County investigators say a Berkeley County Sheriff's Office reserve deputy was arrested after he took out his service weapon and threatened to kill his wife.

The Dorchester County Sheriff's Office arrested 52-year-old David Francis Flood and charged him with criminal domestic violence and simple possession of marijuana.

On Sunday night, Dorchester County sheriff's deputies responded to a home on Taylor Pond Road in reference to a verbal domestic incident.

When deputies made their way to the porch, they reported hearing an argument about finances coming from the inside of the home.

The victim, Flood's wife, then answered the door and told deputies that she was having an argument with her husband. The deputies then went into the living room and saw Flood who identified himself as a Berkeley County sheriff's deputy and said he had weapons on him.

Deputies then removed and secured Flood's service weapon and two backup guns.

After the deputies had separated the couple, Flood's wife said it all started when Flood had called her on his way home, and became angry and started yelling.

The victim reported that Flood said "things were going to go back to the old way or he would kill her."

According to the woman, when Flood got home, he drew his service weapon from his holster and pointed it at the floor, then told his wife that the next time he pulled it out he would kill her.

The woman said Flood grabbed her by the shirt, then went to her car and removed a lock box. While Flood was outside, the victim said she called 911 and told them what was going on.

The victim said when Flood came back in, he had broken the lock box and continued yelling.

Flood told investigators that he and his wife got into an argument, and told deputies that he nor his wife put hands on each other. Flood said he wanted to see what was in the box as his wife said she had evidence that he had an affair to which he denied.

A juvenile who was in the home told investigators that he heard Flood threaten to kill the victim multiple times, and heard Flood banging something.

According to authorities, the juvenile said he heard Flood tell the victim that she had better be scared because he "has nothing to live for."

Deputies arrested Flood and said they found a small amount of marijuana in his pants. Flood said that the marijuana was his wife's, but he took it to keep her out of trouble.

A Dorchester County Sheriff's Office report states one of the juvenile witnesses said that he finally felt safe.

Officials with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say Flood has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

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