S.C. sheriff takes leave of absence following domestic violence arrest

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COLLETON COUNTY, S.C. (WJFB) — The Sheriff of Colleton County, South Carolina is facing charges.

Andy Strickland is charged with one count of second-degree domestic violence.

The charges stem from an incident that took place on November 7.

An arrest warrant reveals during an argument, Strickland assaulted “a household member” by punching the victim in the face, with a closed fist, more than once. The punches caused “moderate bodily injury.”

The victim also sustained a defensive injury to the arm in an attempt to protect their face.

Strickland physically took possession of cell phones, blocking access, preventing the victim from reporting the incident or receiving emergency medical assistance. He also damaged the vehicle the person was attempting to flee in.

Strickland was arrested and booked into the Colleton County Detention Center.

The case will be prosecuted by the 14th Circuit Solicitor’s Office.

Sheriff Strickland released a statement announcing his leave of absence.

“For the last seven years the great citizens of Colleton County have placed their trust in me. As Sheriff, out of love, and respect for my employees, and the citizens of Colleton County, I have placed myself on a leave of absence. Effective immediately. This is standard policy within our office.
Chief Deputy, Buddy Hill, is someone I’ve always placed great trust in. He will continue to provide due diligence to the citizens of our community during my absence. This time will allow me to heal, and self-reflect on myself. I will strive to be stronger, and better at serving the citizens of Colleton, and my employees upon returning.”

R.A. STRICKLAND

WJBF NewsChannel 6’s sister station, News 2, has requested the mugshot from the Colleton County Detention Center, but they were referred to the Captain of the Colleton County Detention Center.

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