Former Horry County police officer indicted on misconduct charge

troot@thesunnews.comApril 3, 2013 

— An Horry County grand jury indicted a former police corporal on a charge of using his police equipment during a domestic violence incident involving his wife while he was on working on patrol, according to court records released Tuesday.

Charles Kenneth McLendon, 42, of Myrtle Beach was indicted on a charge of misconduct in office, according to the indictments released Tuesday.

McLendon was arrested on the charge and a first-offense criminal domestic violence charge on Dec. 3 and released later that day on $6,000 bail.

Horry County officials fired McLendon from his position with Horry County police that same day. He had been employed with the department since May 11, 1999.

If convicted, McLendon faces up to 10 years in prison on the misconduct charge and up to 30 days on the criminal domestic violence charge, 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said at the time of McLendon’s arrest.

The misconduct in office charge stemmed from McLendon’s alleged use of Horry County equipment and being on duty at the time of the incident, according to an arrest affidavit.

According to an Horry County police report, the incident occurred between 12:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. Dec. 3.

Officers were called to a home on Whaler Harbour in the Myrtle Beach area for a domestic situation and found McLendon “agitated and the house showed obvious signs of aggressive behavior,” according to the report. Officers handcuffed McLendon and took him outside while they spoke to a 46-year-old woman, who said the couple has been separated.

The victim told police that a male friend brought her home and McLendon drove by and got angry about the male friend being there, according to the report.

The victim said McLendon yelled over his police vehicle’s public address system that he was going to kill himself and then drove away.

The victim said she left the home and soon after she noticed McLendon following her in his police vehicle.

McLendon got on the PA system and told her to pull over, but she refused, according to the incident report. The victim said McLendon then turned on the emergency equipment in his patrol car, drove by her and forced her to stop in the road.

The victim said McLendon got out of his vehicle with his gun drawn and walked up to her car, according to the report. McLendon threw his wedding band inside her vehicle and took the gun’s magazine clip out and threw it inside as well, police said.

The victim said McLendon told her he had one bullet left to do what he needed before he drove away, according to the report. The victim told police she returned to the home and found McLendon there, two doors broken off hinges, and her bedroom ransacked.

The couple then argued and the victim said she hit McLendon before he grabbed her, pinned her to the ground and put her in a choke hold, according to the report. The victim said she repeatedly hit McLendon with an air freshener can until he let her go.

McLendon then called an Horry County police sergeant and asked for an officer to be sent to the home, according to the report. McLendon was taken to Conway Medical Center for evaluation before he was taken to jail.

The victim told officers she feared for her safety during the incident. She did not require EMS treatment, according to police. McLendon had minor scratches on his face, neck and head but did not require any medical treatment.

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