MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Myrtle Beach police officer has been suspended from duty after being arrested for criminal domestic violence on Sunday.
Horry County Police were dispatched to an address on Goosecreek Drive in Socastee around 3:30 a.m. in reference to a verbal altercation between two people. Upon arrival, a woman claimed her husband, Officer Adam Marks, physically assaulted her after returning home from a friend's house.
A police report says the 11-year veteran officer grabbed his wife's arms, held her down on a bed and continued to argue with her. After attempting to call police, the victim said Marks struck her in the face two times with a closed fist.
Marks claimed in a statement to police that the female victim struck herself in the face, causing visible wounds. Marks told police the altercation did not turn physical and simply wanted to go to bed.
Marks was taken into custody by Horry County Police and charged with criminal domestic violence. He was booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center and later posted a $500 bond.
Capt. David Knipes, spokesman for the Myrtle Beach Police Department, confirmed Marks has been an officer with the department since November 1999.
Neighbors in the Marks' Socastee neighborhood said they were shocked to hear the news. They said Marks appeared to be a nice guy.
"We even have a police officer that lives next door to us and I always felt pretty safe being here. We have you know her next door and there's another one on the same street here. So to hear it has something to do with an officer is quite surprising," said Rhonda Fallon.
Administrators with the Myrtle Beach Police Department have suspended Marks until the conclusion of an incident investigation. They will not comment on the ongoing investigation.