South Carolina Police Chief Arrested After Shooting Gun at His Own Family Pet

GREENWOOD, S.C. — An Upstate police chief is accused of firing a gun at his family pet during a domestic incident, according to a police report.

A Greenwood man called police at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday and said that his daughter, who is married to Ware Shoals police chief Terry Allen Carpenter, had called him, crying saying her 44-year-old husband had pulled a gun on her. The woman’s father told her to come to his house with her three children.

A police officer spoke to Carpenter’s wife, who he said repeatedly told him that she did not want her husband to lose his job. The officer said Carpenter’s wife had scratches on both arms and a large bruise on her left forearm.

The woman told the officer that she and her husband had been sitting in their living room and had been drinking. She said their dog ran through the room, knocking over a small table. She said when she yelled for her husband to help with the dog, Carpenter jumped up, yelled that he would take care of the dog, grabbed a gun, chased the dog outside and shot at it.

The officer said the woman said repeatedly that she did not want her husband to lose his job and denied that he had harmed her, but she eventually said she was afraid her husband might harm the dog or the children. She also said Carpenter had once choked one of the children while they were in Myrtle Beach.

The children told officers that they had heard their parents arguing and they had seen their father grab the rifle and shoot at the dog.

Officers said they went to the Carpenters’ home on Sylvan Road to talk to the chief. They said Carpenter denied having shot at the dog.

Carpenter was taken into custody and charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

Ware Shoals Town Administrator Heather Fields said the Town Council would be discussing the arrest in a closed-door meeting late Tuesday afternoon and would make a decision on the chief’s status.


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