State police arrest former Francis Marion Univ. Officer

The State Law Enforcement Division arrested Damon Ellis Moody, 30, Friday for three counts of Pointing and Presenting Firearms at a Person and three counts of Assault and Battery.

The warrant says on June 13, Moody fired his gun. Then, he got into a verbal and physical fight with two people.

It says he threatened them and walked away, but returned with a dog on a leash and a gun.

He then pointed the gun at the victims, the warrant states.

Another warrant says he also told a juvenile, "Do you want to see one of your cousins dead because I'll leave you dead just like I'll leave one of them dead."

When this happened, Moody was employed as a police officer at Francis Marion University. The incident did not happen on campus.

Moody's attorney Rosemary Parham issued the following statement:

"It is a shame when a dedicated police officer such as Damon Moody is arrested for lawfully protecting himself. We look forward to our day in court and the true facts of this case being known."