Ex-Lancaster Sheriff Cauthen charged with slingshotting neighbors’ property

Posted July 10, 2014 2:13 pm | Filed under Crime and Courts, Featured, Local News

140710_cauthen_mugFormer Lancaster County Sheriff Johnny Cauthen turned himself in to Rock Hill Police detectives today on two charges of damaging property.

Cauthen, 58, is charged in connection with two June incidents where his neighbors said he shot several pieces of “slingshot ammo” at his neighbors’ property.

In one June 6, 2014 police report, one of Cauthen’s neighbors said she was hearing repeated “popping” noises outside her front door. She told the reporting officer she saw Cauthen standing outside the back of her home and disappeared when she yelled at him. The victim claimed Cauthen broke the front glass door to her home worth $200.

In a second incident on June 6, another neighbor reported a small dent in her windshield that looked “like a pellet gun” had hit it. The second victim said she came home to find slingshot pellets, marbles and paint balls outside her home.

Officers spoke with Cauthen about the first incident and he denied owning a slingshot or pellet gun.

Cauthen faces two counts of damage to personal property. Rock Hill Police spokesman Mark Bollinger said Cauthen turned himself in to deputies just after 12 noon today.

Cauthen joined the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Department in 1997 and was elected Sheriff in 1996, serving from 1997 to 2009.

Among numerous certifications listed on his LinkedIn page, Cauthen is a certified FBI Hostage Negotiator, a guest instructor at the S.C. Criminal Justice Academy.

ATTACHMENT: PDF of Rock Hill Police incident reports and Cauthen’s arrest warrants