CAMDEN, SC (WIS) - A Camden High School ROTC instructor has been suspended from his job after being charged with pointing and presenting firearms at a person during an incident with a 12-year-old boy in December.
The Kershaw County Sheriff's Office arrested 51-year-old Timothy Loren Webb Wednesday, January 19.
Deputies say the incident happened at Webb's Lugoff home on Dec. 20. Webb's Laurel Court home in Lugoff joins the property of Ginger and Marcus Catoe. Ginger Catoe is a principal at Doby's Mill Elementary School. Investigators say Webb pointed a firearm at the Catoes' 12-year-old son.
The incident report states that Webb walked to his mailbox when the Catoes' Labrador Retriever started barking at Webb. The Catoes told investigators that they told their son to "go get the dog." The boy told investigators that when he went to the edge of his yard to get the dog, "Webb pointed a gun at the dog then at him," and warned the child that if the dog went back on his property that "he would shoot him." Investigators believe Webb was referring to shooting the dog.
The report shows that sheriff's investigators found Webb at home and talked with him about the incident. One month later, on Jan. 20, sheriff's deputies arrested Webb after a county magistrate judge R. Eugene Hartis signed a warrant on charges that Webb, "did unlawfully and not in self-defense point [sic] firearm at the juvenile victim … while said victim was in the back yard of his own residence," according to the warrant.
Webb was booked and bonded out of the county detention center the same day, according to booking records.
Webb's attorney, Robert Butcher said his client did not have a firearm at his mailbox that day. Butcher said the child mistook a Maglite flashlight for a firearm. Butcher said Webb told him he was "being attacked" by the Catoes' Labrador while he was checking his mail, and felt that his safety was threatened. Butcher said Webb had the flashlight in hand because he'd felt threatened by the Catoes' dog in the past.
School district superintendent Dr. Frank Morgan suspended Webb, according to a statement emailed to WIS by district public information officer, Mary Ann Byrd.
Morgan, who declined an interview concerning the arrest, wrote: "Upon learning of the allegations, Col. Webb was immediately placed on leave to allow the District to conduct a thorough investigation. The District has also been in touch with the Kershaw County Sheriff's Department since the allegations were brought to its attention. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement while this matter is pending."
Court records show Timothy Webb filed a civil suit filed 8 days after the incident at his mailbox. Webb is suing over allegations that the Catoes' dog is a nuisance, dog attack, trespassing, and assault. The suit alleges that the Catoes' dog is vicious and has "aggressively charged and attempted to attack" Webb.
Calls to the Catoes have not been returned.