LAURENS COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Laurens County Sheriff’s Office officials said a man has been charged following a domestic incident on Feb. 17 in Joanna.
According to a sheriff’s office news release, deputies responded to Laurens Street in regards to a domestic situation following a call from the father of a victim.
The father told deputies that his daughter had called him and said her boyfriend, Michael McNary Whitlock was chasing her vehicle after a domestic incident at their home.
The woman’s father, as well as her brother, went to the area and saw her vehicle drive by, and saw Whitlock’s vehicle approaching.
According to the release, the woman’s father and brother tried to block the road, but Whitlock tried to continue the chase before the woman’s brother rammed Whitlock’s vehicle, causing it to become disabled.
Sheriff’s Office officials said Whitlock got out of the vehicle and pulled out a box cutter.
The woman’s father offered to help Whitlock, but he reportedly contnued to taunt the men with the box cutter.
According to the release, the woman’s father pulled out a firearm and shot two rounds into the ground and he and his son were able to eventually disarm Whitlock.
Deputies said an investigation revealed that Whitlock had been allegedly drinking heavily, physically assaulted the woman, pointed a gun at her and then threatened to shoot himself while at their home.
The woman was able to escape from the home with her children in a vehicle.
Whitlock was arrested and charged with domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and two counts of assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.
His was bond was set at $10,000 on each charge by a Laurens County magistrate on Feb. 19.
“The father and brother of the victim protected her and notified law enforcement as any family member would have. They reacted to the situation in a manner that many families of victims wish they had the opportunity to do, to protect their loved one from danger and harm. This could have turned from bad to worse in the blink of an eye because seconds count when law enforcement is minutes away. Domestic violence is not tolerated by this office nor this community,” Sheriff Don Reynolds said.