Police: Florence man previously charged with domestic violence before Sunday shooting

Updated: Mar. 6, 2017 at 6:27 PM EST
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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) – The Florence man who died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after he allegedly shot and injured the occupants of an Oleander Drive home had previously been arrested for domestic violence following an incident at the same residence.

According to Florence Police Lt. Mike Brandt, John Leslie Turner III, 38, was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, and kidnapping on May 6, 2016.

The charges stemmed from a dispute with a woman that happened at the Oleander Drive residence, according to Brandt.

On Sunday, a woman and a teen were taken to the hospital for treatment after reportedly being shot by the suspect at that same home.

The issue of domestic violence is something the Florence Police Department and the Pee Dee Coalition on Irby Street want to help end.

Ellen Hamilton, the executive director of the Pee Dee Coalition, said the organization is solely devoted to fighting domestic and sexual assault. However, before they can help prevent future instances, they need for people to speak up.

She said extreme jealousy, threats, some sort of substance abuse, threats of suicide and threats toward children are all factors that affect domestic violence.

"South Carolina historically has been in the top five in the deaths of women at the hands of men in their lives," Hamilton said. "And very often, nobody knew the seriousness of what is going on."

The Pee Dee Coalition urges everyone from neighbors and family members, to co-workers and churches to get involved, especially when young ones are at home.

"Children love their parents," Hamilton said. "They don't love the violence, they don't love the hurt, but they love their parents."

That's when kids are put in the toughest position, according to Hamilton. This is especially true if a child has to choose between mom or dad, or a legal process is in place.

"Many people want to try and make their relationship work. That's supported in our culture and supported in our community, and we can't fault people for wanting that," Hamilton said.

When it comes to walking away and ending a violent relationship, the Coalition stresses how vital help is during that process.

Domestic Violence Support groups are in every county in the Pee Dee. There is also a 24-hour crisis line.

At the Irby Street location, the Pee Dee Coalition hosts a meeting every Tuesday at 6 p.m..

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