Authorities have dismissed a domestic violence charge against Col. Chisolm Frampton, who leads the S.C. Department of Natural Resources’ law enforcement division.

Court records show the case against Frampton, 47, was thrown out during a hearing on Monday in James Island Magistrate Court.

Prosecutors and Frampton’s attorney, Bart Daniel, could not immediately be reached for comment today.

DNR Capt. Robert McCullough said the agency now will proceed with its internal investigation into the incident. Frampton will remain on unpaid suspension during that investigation, he said.

Charleston County sheriff’s deputies charged Frampton in November with criminal domestic violence after an incident at his Johns Island home. His wife told deputies that he kicked her and that he threw and broke items around the house.

Frampton, a Charleston native, is a deputy director of the agency and leads a force of about 190 officers. He has been with the agency since 1993 and published reports indicate he earns an annual salary of $95,790.