Dillon, SC - DILLON, SC (WMBF) - Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division have arrested the current mayor pro-tem of Dillon Thursday, in midst of a criminal domestic violence investigation.
The Rev. Randolph Stephen Gurley was taken into custody at 1:45 p.m. after the Dillon Police Department requested a SLED investigation into a June 29 dispute between Gurley and his wife.
The investigation led SLED agents to charge Gurley with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.
Officers with the Dillon Police Department were called to Gurley's residence on June 29 around 3 p.m. after Gurley's wife told responding officers her husband threatened to physically hurt her.
Gurley's wife, Maggie Gurley, told officers the mayor pro-tem put a hawk-bladed knife to her throat, took off his boot and threatened to hit her in the mouth.
Dillon Asst. Police Chief Bobby McLean said Maggie Gurley later retracted her statements after the report was filed, citing she had "made a mistake."
In addition to serving as Dillon's mayor pro-tem, Gurley serves as a councilman on the Dillon City Council. He is currently being held at the Dillon County Detention Center.