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DPS officer fired after criminal domestic violence charge

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Raymond Pickney Skinner, III (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Dept.) Raymond Pickney Skinner, III (Source: Lexington County Sheriff's Dept.)
LEXINGTON, SC (WIS) -

An investigator with the South Carolina Department of Public Safety has lost his job after he was charged with criminal domestic violence.

34-year-old Raymond Pickney Skinner, III was arrested last week after Lexington Police were called to a domestic disturbance at a home on Corley Woods Drive. According to the police report, Skinner's girlfriend told officers she had been assaulted and ran to a neighbor's house to call for help.

The police report says Skinner told investigators he and his girlfriend were at a bar when he poured her drink out and told her it was time to go home. When they arrived home, Skinner said they got into an argument and the woman slapped him in the face several times.  The officer wrote in the report seeing several scratches on Skinner and a "small bump on the right side of subject Skinner's forehead."

The woman told investigators during the argument, Skinner head-butted her. One of the officers "observed a reddish swelled lump on the center of the victim's forehead," according to the report. She was taken to the hospital.

Skinner was arrested and posted $5,000 surety bond shortly after his booking.

He was a 6-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety.

"Raymond Skinner was an investigator with DPS and had served since 2006," said a statement from the department. "His employment with us was terminated, effective November 30 as a result of the charges from this incident and for improper conduct/conduct unbecoming a state employee."

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