Officials: Berkeley reserve deputy arrested, suspended after threatening to kill wife with service weapon

David Francis Flood, a Berkeley County Sheriff's reserve deputy, was arrested Sunday in Dorchester County after allegedly threatening to kill his wife with his service weapon. He is being held at the Dorchester County jail.

The son of a Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office reserve deputy told police he “finally felt safe tonight” after his father was arrested Sunday in Dorchester County for allegedly threatening to kill his mother with his service weapon, authorities say.

David Francis Flood, 52, of Taylor Pond Road, is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and simple possession of marijuana. He is being held at the Dorchester County jail.

Dorchester County Sheriff’s deputies responded to his residence about 8 p.m. on Taylor Pond Road, near Interstate 26, after his wife called 911 while he retrieved a lock box from her car, according to a police report.

The victim told police that Flood called her on his way home from work and said that things needed to go back to they way the were or he would kill her, the report states. When he got home, she said he was angry and yelling, then drew his service from his holster and pointed it at the floor. He said the next time he pulled it out he would kill her, she told deputies.

She added that he also grabbed her by the shirt in her chest area before retrieving and breaking open the lock box.

Flood told police that at no time did he or his wife put their hands on each other and that he wanted to see what was in the lock box because his wife told him she had evidence that he was having an affair, which he denied, according to the report.

A juvenile witness told deputies that he heard his father threaten to kill his mother multiple times and that he heard him banging on something. He also said he heard his father tell his mother that she had “better be scared because he has nothing to live for,” the report states.

The victim said she was very afraid of Flood when “he gets like this.” She also said that he has made threats in the past and put a gun to her head twice — in one incident holding their heads together and putting the gun to his head, the report states. She said, however, that she has never reported any type of violence before.

Police removed a service weapon and holster and two backup firearms from Flood and found a vial of marijuana in his pocket, which he said belonged to his wife but he took to keep her from getting into trouble, according to the report.

Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Dan Moon said Flood was not on-duty during the incident and has been suspended pending the outcome of the investigation. Reserve deputies are not paid and work as back-up on a volunteer basis.

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