MURRELLS INLET, Sc. – An off-duty officer was killed trying to break up a bar fight in South Carolina over the holiday weekend.
Sergeant Matthew Mainieri, from South Windsor, Connecticut, saw an altercation in Murrells Inlet Sunday morning.
According to a sheriff, Mainieri was punched trying to de-escalate the fight outside Uncle Tito’s Bar.
Investigators say he was struck by 21-year-old Kelton Todd, who is now out on bond.
Todd is facing an aggravated assault charge, but it could be upgraded.
Mainieri’s friends have made a makeshift memorial for him outside his department.