Meck County detention officer fired after being charged with assault in SC, officials say

MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. — A Mecklenburg County detention officer was fired Tuesday after he was arrested and charged with assault, the sheriff’s office said.

Former Detention Officer Branden Williamson was charged with felony assault after an incident Monday in Richland County, South Carolina.

“After I received the call from Sheriff Leon Lott, I was extremely embarrassed as well as infuriated. After speaking with the arresting officer and hearing the circumstances I was more infuriated. As a former homicide detective I have witnessed too many of these domestic disturbances. This will not be tolerated in this agency,” said Sheriff Garry McFadden.

Williamson had worked for the Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office since June 2019. He was terminated Tuesday.

No other details have been released.

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