Elloree Police Chief Shawn Murphree has retired, according to Elloree Mayor Mike Fanning.

Fanning announced the 54-year-old’s retirement on Tuesday on the Town of Elloree’s website.

“The Town of Elloree congratulates retiring Chief of Police Shawn Murphree for his service and dedication to the town of Elloree and law enforcement,” the statement said.

“Assistant Chief David Martin will serve as interim chief for the town of Elloree. The Elloree Police Department is also served by Lt. Michael Mann and K9 officer Duko,” Fanning said.

Fanning told The Times and Democrat Murphree began discussing retirement plans with him this past summer.

Elloree Police Chief Shawn Murphree

Fanning said Murphree’s retirement doesn’t have anything to do with the law enforcement veteran’s recent misdemeanor charge of malicious injury to personal property valued at $2,000 or less.

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Murphree has been on unpaid administrative leave since the S.C. Law Enforcement Division took him into custody on Nov. 27.

He became the town’s police chief in 2017.

Murphree’s warrant accuses him of “willfully causing injury” to a man’s 2013 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup while it was parked in the Orangeburg County Courthouse parking lot, located at 1406 Amelia Street, Orangeburg, on Oct. 31.

Surveillance video allegedly shows Murphree approaching the pickup and using an unknown object to scratch the truck.

The cost to repair the damage was $1,216.15.

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The warrant claims that Murphree and his accuser “have prior knowledge of each other and were involved in a Family Court hearing inside the courthouse just prior to this incident.”

During Murphree’s bond hearing, his accuser claimed the chief is in a relationship with the mother of the accuser’s child. The accuser alleges that Murphree has harassed him during custody exchanges.

The accuser told the court, “The harassment has been going on for about 14 months.” He claims to have video evidence of Murphree’s behavior during the custody exchanges at Holly Hill Town Hall.

His accuser also sought a restraining order against Murphree and it was granted earlier this month.

Murphree has been a law enforcement officer for 31 years and has no criminal record.

According to Murphree’s personnel/training record provided by the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy, Murphree was previously employed by the department from Nov. 6, 2007, until Jan. 29, 2015.

Between 2015 and 2016, Murphree worked for the S.C. Department of Corrections.

He rejoined the Elloree Police Department on Dec. 8, 2016.

Murphree has also worked for the St. George Police Department, Santee Police Department, Bowman Police Department, North Police Department, Norway Police Department and the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.

According to online court records, Murphree’s criminal charge remains pending.

Murphree didn’t provide comments for this story.

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