CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – Mount Pleasant’s fire captain and his wife were both arrested over the weekend after getting into a physical altercation in downtown Charleston.
According to an incident report, police responded to a parking garage located at 560 King Street in reference to a domestic dispute between a husband and wife involving a firearm.
At the scene, officers observed the husband, later identified as Christopher Sanders, standing next to the driver’s side of a vehicle with his hands up. A woman was seen laying on the ground of the passenger side, crying hysterically. She was later identified as his wife, Lauren Sanders.
When asked if she needed medical attention, Mrs. Sanders told the officer no but said that her husband had just hit her several times.
While asking Mrs. Sanders about the incident, the officer reported that she was “grossly intoxicated,” and after several minutes of her crying hysterically, she finally answered questions about what had happened.
She told the officer both were downtown in an attempt to “party” and “save their marriage,” but the kept arguing throughout the night.
After the bars closed, both went back to the vehicle where the main argument ensued.
Mrs. Sanders told the officer her husband had struck her several times before pushing her out of the vehicle, where she fell to the ground.
She told the officer when she hit the ground she immediately called 911 and waited for police to arrive – never mentioning a firearm.
When later asked about a possible gun, she stated her husband removed the firearm from her purse and pointed it at her before pushing her out of the car.
In the report, the officer stated that he never observed any fresh marks, scrapes or abrasions on any part of her body. He also said her story changed several times while speaking about the events that transpired between her and her husband.
When speaking with Mr. Sanders, he confirmed the pair were going through a divorce and she asked him downtown in a change to reconcile their marriage – but they instead argued throughout the night.
Once back at that car, Mr. Sanders stated his wife struck him several times in the face with an open hand. After those strikes, the report states Mrs. Sanders reached into her purse and moved a black pistol, racked the slide and pointed it at his face.
Mr. Sanders said he was able to grab the gun from her hand, push her away and remove the magazine. In doing so, he said she fell out of the vehicle because the passenger door was open.
The report shows he immediately exited the vehicle and called 911.
While speaking with Mr. Sanders, the officer reported that he could tell he had been drinking but was not grossly intoxicated.
He also said Mr. Sanders’ story remain consistent each time he was questioned about the incident.
Both parties were transported to CPD headquarters for an interview. While there, a small lump became more apparent on Mrs. Sanders forehead.
Following the interview, it was determined both would be placed under arrest.
Mr. Sanders was charged with domestic violence in the 3rd degree. Mrs. Sanders was charged with domestic violence in the 1st degree as well as possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime.
Both were transported to the Al Cannon Detention Center.