Crime

February 10, 2014

Horry County Sheriff deputies charge man with threatening the life of a officer

A Conway man was ordered to wear a GPS monitor if released from jail after he was released Friday on $20,000 bail following being charged with threatening the life of a Horry County Sheriff’s deputy, according to authorities.

A Conway man was ordered to wear a GPS monitor if released from jail after he was released Friday on $20,000 bail following being charged with threatening the life of a Horry County Sheriff’s deputy, according to authorities.

Tommy Lee Watts, 50, of Conway was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 12:40 p.m. Friday charged with threatening the life, person or family of a public employee, according to jail records. Watts is on home detention.

According to an incident report a deputy was at Watts home on Four Mile Road attempting to serve a criminal arrest warrant for Watts’ son on Jan. 27 when Watts, who wasn’t home at the time, called 911 dispatchers and threatned the deputy’s life.

Listen to the 911 call.

Listen to the second 911 call.

According to an incident report, Watts’ wife told the deputy he could not come inside the house and called her husband on his cellphone.

The deputy said in a police report that he put his foot in the doorway to keep Watts’ wife from slamming the door on his hand. She told her husband the deputy was “kicking the door and trying to get in,” the report said.

Watts calls 911 and threatened the deputy’s life three times, police said.

The report said he told dispatchers, “I need an officer at the house now ... I will blow his brains out if he lays a hand on my wife.”

On Feb. 3 Officers spoke with Watts about the incident and said he apologized and told them he didn’t mean what he said.

“He said over and over how sorry he was and [that] he was just upset over his wife,” the report stated. “He said his wife told him the deputy was trying to get in the hose and she was real scared.”

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