A Hartsville police office was arrested after law enforcement officials said he threatened the lives of both a police chief and state senator.
The State Law Enforcement Division said it arrested Sgt. Matthew Heater Thursday after he admitted making the threats.
According to a warrant, witnesses said Heater threatened the lives of Hartsville Police Chief James Hudson and Sen. Gerald Malloy (D-Darlington). The SLED warrant does not provide many details, but says the officer made the threats on or around May 12.
Hudson said he requested a state investigation after learning about Heater’s misconduct. The warrant says Heater admitted to making the threats in a written statement he gave to SLED officers. The then then arrested him after saying his confession matched what witnesses described.
Officials have not said what the threats were.
Heater has since been terminated from his position in the Hartsville Police Department. He was booked at the Darlington County Detention Center.