Police officer still on leave after arrest

Christopher Butler

North Charleston police officer Christopher Troy Butler remains on leave after he was arrested Tuesday by Charleston police on a charge of criminal domestic violence.

Butler, 31, was already on leave at the time of his arrest, according to Spencer Pryor, public information officer. Officials have declined to say why.

Charleston police arrived at a Culpepper Circle home and found Butler leaning against a pickup truck with his shirt off, bleeding from the face. The suspect put his hands up in the air when officers arrived, according to an incident report.

A woman told officers that she and Butler were married but recently separated, the report states. She said Butler had been drinking when he arrived at the house and began punching a bird feeder, kicking lights and head-butting a lamp post in the yard. She said he tried to fight her brother when he attempted to step between them and also swung the victim around by her right arm and hair, the report states.

Officers on the scene noticed bruises on her arm. They also noticed a lamp post lying on the ground, next to Butler's hat, the report states.

Butler has been released from the Charleston County Detention Center on his own recognizance.