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Horry County Police Officer Fired After Complaint

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File photo of a jail cell. (Photo by FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

File photo of a jail cell. (Photo by FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) — An Horry County police corporal has been fired after he was charged with criminal domestic violence.

Forty-two-year-old Charles Kenneth McLendon of Myrtle Beach was charged with misconduct in office and first-offense criminal domestic violence.

McLendon’s wife says early Monday her estranged husband held her down and choked her at their home and had earlier forced her to stop on a road and drew his gun while he was in his police vehicle on patrol.

Horry County spokeswoman Lisa Bourcier says McLendon has been fired. He had been with the department since 1999.

McLendon faces up to 10 years in prison on the misconduct charge and up to 30 days in jail on the domestic violence charge if he is convicted.

It was not clear if he has an attorney.

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