On September 11, 2018 the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to 4989 Poplar Springs Rd regarding a domestic violence incident. Upon investigating this incident, Deputies found that Austin Burnette held the victim against her will and assaulted her in the presence of a minor child. Austin Burnette was placed under arrest for Domestic Violence 2nd Degree and kidnapping. He was transported to the Johnson Detention Center where he was booked on these charges. Burnette was employed by the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office as a Detention Officer at the time of his arrest. He had been employed since August 13, 2018 but is no longer employed by the Sheriff’s Office.
“This type of behavior will not be tolerated and will not be covered up. I uphold my employees to the highest standard of professionalism on and off duty and strive to be transparent to the public which we serve.” - Sheriff Don Reynolds, Laurens County, SC.