The police chief for the town of Iva was taken into custody Saturday afternoon by Anderson County sheriff deputies on charges of criminal domestic violence and assault and battery -- third degree.
Around 2:25 p.m., deputies responded to 1022 Hampton St. in Iva regarding a domestic dispute. Once on scene, deputies spoke with Chief Thomas Eugene Miller’s wife and 14-year-old son.
Based on information provided in the investigation, Miller, 39, was taken into custody and transported to the Anderson County Detention Center.
According to the arrest warrants, Miller intentionally committed battery on the 14-year-old by striking him multiple times with a piece of wood causing minor lacerations to the victim’s arms.
He also caused physical harm or injury or offered or attempted to cause physical harm or injury to his wife, Sharon Miller, by grabbing and throwing her in an aggressive manner, causing her to be in fear of physical harm or injury.
According to a report by FOX Carolina, Iva town councilwoman Mary Forrester confirmed the chief was suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.
Forrester said the council and Mayor Bobby Gentry were expected to discuss the issue further on Monday. An interim chief has not yet been named, according to the news report.