Off-duty cop dies, Aynor man charged in connection to assault at Murrells Inlet bar

Kelton Jess Todd
Kelton Jess Todd Georgetown County Sheriff's Office

An out-of-town, off-duty police officer died Sunday from injuries sustained in an assault at a Murrells Inlet bar Saturday night. An Aynor man has been charged in connection to the incident, according to a Facebook post by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office.

Matthew Mainieri, a 41-year-old officer from South Windsor, Connecticut, died just before 3 p.m. Sunday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center from head injuries suffered at Uncle Tito’s, the post says.

Deputies charged Kelton Jess Todd, 21, of Aynor, with assault of a high and aggravated nature. He’s been taken to the Georgetown County Detention Center, where updated charges are pending further investigation, the sheriff’s office says.

According to the South Windsor Police Department’s Facebook page, Mainieri died while trying to break up a fight.

He was a 20-year veteran at the department, beginning his career as a community service officer in 1998, a post said. In addition to serving in the traffic and detective divisions, Mainieri also was a member of South Windsor’s regional emergency services team and “was skilled at explosive breaching,” the police department said.

Todd was released from jail just before 12:30 p.m. Monday on a $35,000 bond, online records show.

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