Conway man arrested for threatening deputy's life

Tommy Lee Watts

A Conway man has been released on bond, after the Horry County Sheriff's Office says he threatened the life of one of their deputies.

Friday, they arrested Tommy Lee Watts, 50, and charged him with Threatening the Life of a Public Official.

On January 27, Watts called 911 and threatened to kill a deputy who was at his house attempting to serve a criminal arrest warrant, the sheriff's office says.

Watts was not at the house, but learned the deputy was there when his wife called him, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.

Mr. Watts told 911 that he was on his way home and would kill the deputy if the deputy laid a hand on Watts' wife, the release said.

Watts was released from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center on a $20,000 PR bond and ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.