Former HCPD officer back in jail

Charles McLendon (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Charles McLendon (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A former Horry County police officer that lost his job over criminal domestic violence charges is back behind bars for violating a protection order.

Incident reports from Horry County Police state 42-year-old Charles Kenneth McLendon "is temporarily restrained, prohibited and forbidden to abuse, threaten to abuse, or molest the victim or engage in any other conduct that would place the victim in reasonable fear of bodily injury" because of an incident that occurred in December 2012.

The report alleges that McLendon had been driving by the victim's home at a very slow speed and looking in the windows.

McLendon was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center on Monday and charged with the violation of an order of protection. His bail has not been set.

Back in 2012, McLendon was reportedly "agitated" when his brothers in arms arrived at his Whaler Harbour home in response to the domestic situation that led to his charges.

He was taken out of the home in handcuffs while the officers spoke to his wife, whom he had separated from.

She reported that a male friend dropped her off at her home, which angered her husband, causing him to yell at her over the PA system in his car.

She claimed in the police report he threatened to kill himself, saying "tonight was going to be his last night."

McLendon's wife left the home, but admitted that minutes later she found her husband following her, asking her over his PA system to pull over.

When she refused, she claimed McLendon "used his emergency equipment, drove past the victim and forced her to stop in the road."

That's when she said he approached her with weapon drawn, taking off his wedding ring and throwing it in the car.

The report stated McLendon then took the magazine from his gun, tossed it in his wife's car, and said, "he had one bullet left in his gun to do what he needed to do."

McLendon felt certain he was going to hurt himself, but says he then went back to the home and broke two doors off their hinges. She came home to find him ransacking her bedroom and they got in an argument.

During the altercation, the wife claimed McLendon grabbed her and put her in a choke hold until she hit him with an air freshener can and he let her go.

After the fight, McLendon called for police to respond to the home. He was taken to a hospital for evaluation and then transported to J, Reuben Long Detention Center where he is charged with misconduct in office and criminal domestic violence.

According to Horry County officials, Corporal McLendon began his employment with the Horry County Police Department on May 11, 1999. Corporal McLendon was terminated from his employment with Horry County after being charged.

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