Horry County officer arrested

The Horry County Police Department has arrested Patrol Officer Nick Petrone for Criminal Domestic Violence (1st offense).

According to an incident report, officers were called to Petrone's residence in Loris on Sunday because of gunshots being fired. When they arrived, Petrone's wife told them that he had been drinking when they got into an argument. She said he went out into the garage and broke barstools and damaged a light over the pool table.

His wife told police she became worried and went upstairs to hide Petrone's service weapon. She said Petrone followed her upstairs and removed a different gun from his night stand and went outside.

She told police she got her kids together into a bedroom and heard a door close at the back of the residence. She then said she got the kids and was going downstairs to leave out the front door when she and the kids heard a gunshot.

She told police she had heard Petrone say he "couldn't live like this."

She called 9-1-1 and police arrived. Officers say they found Petrone sitting behind the bushes in his yard. They located the gun in his pocket. Officers say Petrone denied making threats to harm himself or his wife. He told them he never fired the weapon.

A warrant was issued for his arrest, and he is being booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway.

Officer Petrone has also been suspended without pay.

Officer Petrone started working with the Horry County Police Department on February 21, 2006.