RIDGEVILLE, SC (WCSC) -
An Orangeburg County sheriff's deputy accused of beating and shooting at his wife has surrendered to the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office.
Authorities say 42-year-old Kenneth R. Winningham surrendered to the sheriff's office Friday afternoon wanted in connection to assaulting and shooting at his 23-year-old wife at their home in Dorchester County.
Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said on Friday,"Based on the investigation of an off-duty incident involving Kenneth Winningham by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, as of May 3, Winningham is no longer an employee of this agency and we have retrieved all county-owned equipment from his residence."Bad enough your spouse is beating you and shooting at you , but he is also a police officer . It Had to make her feel more powerless knowing he possibly had the knowledge to kill her , and cover it up if he wanted .According to deputies, the victim was seated on the edge of the bed when the suspect shot two rounds within close proximity of her. The victim told deputies that one round was discharged into the bed, a short distance from where she sat. She said she was unsure where the second round went.
Deputies say the suspect then forced her accompany him to a store and prevented her from leaving. She said she was unable to contact 911 immediately because the suspect took her cell phone.
The victim said that the suspect made several threats to harm her and told her he was going to "slit her throat causing her to bleed out" and threatened to shoot her feet to disable her.