On March 2, 2019 Greenwood County Sheriff Deputies responded to 308 Chinquapin Road after a woman called 911 saying two men were fighting.
As Deputies arrive they only find one man and a woman inside the residence. The woman told officers that when she arrived home with another man in the vehicle, her ex-boyfriend ambushed him as he got out of the vehicle and they began fighting.
William (Mark) Martin Bratcher, 46 was arrested and charged with Assault and Battery 3rd Degree, Burglary 1st Degree, and Domestic Violence 3rd Degree.
Bratcher has worked in law enforcement here in Greenwood in the past. His latest position was with the Ninety Six Police Department as a School Resource Office at the Ninety Six High School. Bratcher left that position in late 2017.
According to the report, the woman told Deputies they she and Bratcher had recently broken up because Bratcher was abusive and use to beat her. She said she always feared Bratcher and what he may do to her in the future.
Bratcher told Deputies that he kicked in the back door because he left his keys inside and that he was currently living there, receives mail there and owns furniture inside.
He also told the Deputies that the injuries to his face came from falling and hitting his head after kicking in the door.
Officers noticed several marks on Bratcher’s face that appeared to have occurred from a fight. Deputies reported that Bratcher was very uncooperative with questions they were asking him.
The man Bratcher attacked had already left the residence but Deputies were able to meet up with him at a nearby gas station on Highway 72. The man told officers that Bratcher attached him as he got out of the vehicle and struck him several times in the face with a closed fist. The man said he struck Bratcher several times in defense.
Neither Bratcher nor the other man wanted to file charges but the officers decided, based on the severity of the injuries, to issue warrants for Bratcher’s arrest.