Jackson man arrested for threatening life of Aiken Co. Sheriff Michael Hunt

Jackson man arrested for threatening life of Aiken Co. Sheriff Michael Hunt

AIKEN COUNTY, SC (WFXG) - An Aiken County man has been arrested for making threats against Aiken County Sheriff Michael Hunt.

SLED agents have arrested thirty-three-year-old David Soloman Ballard of Patton Drive in Jackson. According to warrants for his arrest, Ballard allegedly threatened to injure and kill Sheriff Hunt during a verbal confrontation on or around Dec. 12, 2017. The threats continued on social media for about a week. Ballard was arrested on Jan. 3 and taken to the Aiken Department of Public Safety. While in custody, he reportedly kicked a door, injuring a SLED agent's hand.

Ballard is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center, charged with treating the life, person or family of a public official and assault battery of a high and aggravated nature.

This is not Ballard's first run-in with law enforcement. He has been arrested several times by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office on drug and assault charges.

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