CHEROKEE Co., S.C. (WSPA) – A Cherokee County deputy was arrested Friday following an investigation by the state Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
Cherokee County Sheriff Steve Mueller said deputies responded Thursday to a domestic violence incident involving a deputy and his wife.
The deputy, 28-year-old Jeffrey Blake William Cole of Gaffney, was immediately suspended without pay and SLED was asked to investigate the incident, Mueller said.
SLED charged Cole with second-degree domestic violence.
An arrest warrant says Cole forcefully opened a door, causing it to strike the victim and injure her wrist, during an argument. The alleged crime was in the presence of the couple’s children.
Cole was booked into the Cherokee County Detention Center Friday afternoon and has been fired from the sheriff’s office, Mueller said.
Cole had worked for the department almost seven years. He was hired on Oct. 8, 2012.
Mueller released the following statement:
Our staff is reminded on a regular basis that everyone in law enforcement must follow the laws and our actions as law enforcement officers must always be above reproach. This agency will always ensure the officers and staff are held to a higher standard. We will always do what is right to protect our agency’s integrity. There are many great men and women officers in the sheriff’s office who choose to make the right decisions every day and serve with honor, professionalism, excellence, dedication and above all with integrity as they serve the citizens and those expectations will never be lowered.”Sheriff Steve Mueller
Cole is the fourth deputy with Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office to resign or be fired following criminal charges this year.
In July, Daryl Crossley resigned after he was released from jail on a charge of driving under the influence in Spartanburg County.
Derrick Greer was fired following an arrest for assault in June.
Timothy Brasier was charged in April with domestic violence and misconduct in office. The long-time deputy had worked for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office almost 19 years prior to his termination.