An Horry County sheriff’s deputy was released from jail Monday on $1,000 bail after he was charged with assault and trespassing related to an incident that occurred while he was on duty and driving a sheriff’s van Saturday, according to authorities.
Christopher Bowen, 52, of Conway was booked at J. Reuben Long Detention Center at 8:15 a.m. Monday and charged with third-degree assault and battery and first-offense trespassing, according to jail records.
Lisa Bourcier, Horry County spokeswoman, said Bowen was hired as a deputy sheriff with the county on Sept. 28, 2009.
Tom Fox, director of J. Reuben Long Detention Center where Bowen worked, said Tuesday that Bowen was relieved of his duties after jail officials were called Saturday night about the incident, and Bowen is no longer employed with the county.
Officials are conducting an internal investigation, Fox said.
Horry County police were called about a fight in progress that began at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at a home in the 1200 block of Pine Loop Road near Conway, according to a police report. Officers learned from a 35-year-old woman that Bowen, her former boyfriend, had come to her home in a sheriff’s van and tried to go into the house to speak to a 34-year-old Conway man, who was inside.
In the report, the woman said she stood between Bowen and the door and he pushed her against the side of the house. In the commotion, the Conway man walked outside and he told police Bowen tried to approach him.
The man said Bowen pushed the woman’s hand away and the men argued, according to the report. The man said Bowen was told to leave the property by the woman and her father, who lives nearby.
The man said Bowen left, but came back and wrote down his license plate number, according to the report. The man said Bowen told him that he would get up with him later.
The woman told officers she and Bowen had not been together for a year and half and were trying to remain friends, according to the report. But Bowen told officers he and the woman had been dating for about two years.
Bowen, who had left when officers arrived, told police by telephone that he had been with the woman earlier in the day and they had planned to have dinner together that evening, according to the report. Bowen said he stopped at the woman’s house while making his rounds in the county to confirm their dinner plans.
Bowen said the woman came out and they started to talk, but the man came outside and asked why Bowen was there, according to the report. Bowen said he told the man to not come near him and then left the property.