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Thursday, January 28, 2010

[SC] Fearful, Officer Petrone's wife and kids heard the shot

...Police said that on Sunday [Horry County Police Officer Nick] Petrone grabbed a loaded [.380 caliber Smith and Wesson] semi-automatic handgun and fired a shot while friends were at his home, making his wife afraid for her life... she and all of her children report hearing a gunshot, and she called 911 for help... 

The police came when she called, they took Officer Petrone into protective custody which was the best thing to do, they investigated on scene by asking questions and believed what they were told by family members. I am thankful for their response. I believe Officer Petrone's wife that this was out of character, and yet think how it only takes once. I can only hang my head when thinking of the families that are no more.

I believe police officers should never get drunk. Their weapon is too central to their everyday lives, like a third arm.

I can't say out loud everything I'm thinking, but I'm adding this family to my prayers.

Lake Wylie Pilot, The Associated Press
Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2010
[Excerpts] LORIS, S.C. - Authorities say a South Carolina police officer was charged with criminal domestic violence after firing a gun and threatening his wife in their coastal home. Investigators say 40-year-old Horry County police officer Nick Petrone was arrested Sunday after he became angry with his wife because she wouldn't hang out with his friends, breaking bar stools in his garage and damaging the door... Petrone has been suspended from the force without pay... [Full article here]

Wednesday, January 27, 2010
[Excerpts] The Horry County Police Department has arrested Patrol Officer Nick Petrone for Criminal Domestic Violence... His wife told police she became worried and went upstairs to hide Petrone's service weapon. She said Petrone followed her upstairs and removed a different gun from his night stand... She told police she had heard Petrone say he "couldn't live like this." She called 9-1-1 and police arrived. Officers say they found Petrone sitting behind the bushes in his yard. They located the gun in his pocket. Officers say Petrone denied making threats to harm himself or his wife. He told them he never fired the weapon. A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he is being booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway... [Full article here] 

Domestic violence charges follow argument
The Sun News
By Aliana Ramo
Thursday, Jan. 28, 2010
[Excerpts] An Horry County police officer was arrested on criminal domestic violence charges after being accused of firing a shot during an argument with his wife. Patrol Officer Nick Petrone was booked into J. Reuben Long Detention Center Wednesday, and a bond hearing for him is pending... Police said that on Sunday Petrone grabbed a loaded semi-automatic handgun and fired a shot while friends were at his home, making his wife afraid for her life... An incident report said that Petrone was put in emergency protective custody immediately after the incident and was taken Sunday to Conway Medical Center to be evaluated. Police said Petrone and his wife argued after she went inside to cook dinner, while he was drinking and hanging out in the garage with friends. She told officers that Petrone became upset because she wasn't hanging out, and tried to talk her into coming back outside... After she told him to, "Just stop," Petrone allegedly went to the garage and began breaking bar stools and messing up the light over the pool table... The woman told officers that Sunday's behavior was out of character for her husband... Petrone said he only damaged his property, but did not break any laws... When interviewed, the children said they heard a gunshot... [Full article here] 

Continuous News,
January 27, 2010
[Excerpts] The Horry County Police Department arrested one of its own Wednesday. Horry County Patrol Officer Nick Petrone is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center for a criminal domestic violence charge... Petrone eventually started breaking bar stools, a light, and a table in the garage, according to the victim. Police report when they arrived on scene, the garage was in "disarray." The victim said she got scared and took her children upstairs to hide Petrone’s patrol-issued handgun, but he followed her upstairs before she had a chance to do so. Petrone then took the .380 caliber Smith and Wesson semi-automatic pistol and went downstairs. The victim said it sounded like she heard Petrone leave the house, so she and children started to go downstairs. That’s when she and all of her children report hearing a gunshot, and she called 911 for help... Police took Petrone into protective custody and transported him to the emergency room at Conway Medical Center where he was evaluated... [Full article here]
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  1. that was my dad...

  2. Sorry this is happening. Isn't it hard looking around at the news about it?
    I hope things get better.


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