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SOUTH CAROLINA OFF-DUTY COPS? or ARMED DRUNK CRIMINALS, You Decide

A video released Friday by the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office shows two off-duty police officers pulling their guns on a man outside Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant in Murrells Inlet.

Off-duty police officers held a man to the ground outside of Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant along the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk after he allegedly pulled a gun on the group, a police report from the Georgetown Sheriff’s Office says.

Terrence Small, 34, of Murrells Inlet was arrested on Dec. 1 after officials say he approached one of the officers waiting in line for the bathroom outside of Bubba’s Love Shak. Small allegedly placed his hands on the officer who told him “to get his hands off of him and not touch him again,” which caused Small to become aggressive, according to the report.

The off-duty officer told police that Small was slurring his words, making it difficult to understand him. He said when the off-duty officer’s friends came outside, Small went into Dave’s Dockside restaurant, and came back out, allegedly with a black semi-automatic handgun, according to the police report.

 

“It is unclear exactly what was said, but sounded like it could have been something close to ‘What’s up now,’ ” the report says.

Officials said that the officer yelled “gun” to his friends and they took cover.

Georgetown officers arriving on scene found Small held to the ground in front of Capt. Dave’s Dockside Restaurant by the off-duty officers, the report says, adding that Georgetown officers detained Small and patted him down where they found an unloaded gun and an unloaded magazine.

Officials said that Small told officers he approached a witness and another woman outside of the bathroom, telling the woman that if she “needed to use the bathroom she could come over to Dave’s Dockside instead of waiting outside at Bubba’s Love Shak,” according to the report.

Small told officers that he lightly put his hands on the off-duty officer, the report says, but that Small later changed his story, saying that he just bumped elbows with the man if anything.

Small then told officers that “he was held down on the ground out of nowhere and for no reason,” according to the report, saying that he was punched in the face and had guns held to his face “as he was told to get down by someone yelling police behind him.”

Surveillance footage that showed part of the incident, showing one of the off-duty officers “walking down the stairs and taking off his jacket as to suggest [Small] come down there and fight him,” according to the report. The video shows the officer pulling off his jacket and gesturing to Small. It also shows the officer saying something, but the video has no audio.

The video also shows two men believed to be off-duty police officers pulling their guns.

The names of the men line up with two officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department and one with the Horry County Police Department.

The video does not show Small pulling a gun on the officers, or the physical altercation that occurred between the officers and Small.

Small was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a concealed weapon and pointing and presenting firearms at a person, the sheriff’s office website shows.