Eastover mayor arrested on assault and battery charges

According to jail records, Gunter is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center as of 12 a.m.
Published: May. 19, 2023 at 3:43 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The mayor of Eastover Phillip Gunter, 43, was arrested Friday morning.

According to jail records, Gunter was booked into the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center at 12 a.m. The charges listed are assault and battery in the second degree.

Sheriff Leon Lott announced Gunter’s charges stem from an incident on Friday, May 5.

RCSD said deputies were called to a social gathering following a community event for reports of a fight in progress.

Deputies said the disturbance had ended and none of the individuals were on the scene when they arrived.

RCSD stated the victim was injured in the incident. The victim called 911 from another location saying he was involved in a fight with Gunter.

Deputies said Gunter and the victim are known to each other and were involved in a personal dispute.

An investigation determined Gunter was the instigator in the incident.

Deputies said Gunter cooperated with law enforcement throughout the investigation and turned himself in after a warrant was issued.

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