COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP/WVOC) - A Richland County deputy charged with assault after putting a woman in handcuffs at a Columbia restaurant has now been fired.
Sheriff Leon Lott decided to terminate 49-year-old Paul Derrick's employment after meeting Tuesday with prosecutors and Columbia's interim police chief.
Police arrested Derrick the evening of October 7th at Buffalo Wild Wings on Devine Street after he arrested a female soldier from Fort Jackson, 23-year-old Brittany Ball.
Witnesses say Derrick approached Ball after she appeared to be upset, but when she didn't want to talk to him, he retrieved a pair of handcuffs and restrained her.
Video recorded on a cellphone shows Derrick force Ball onto the floor, then into a table, and he warned others at the restaurant to stay away.
The former Marine is also heard insulting Ball as an Army soldier.
Derrick is retired from the Columbia Fire Department and worked for the sheriff's department for 14 years.
Lott says he plans on Wednesday to talk more about his decision to fire the deputy.