ECPD officer on leave after reported incidents involving fiancée


By William F. West
Staff Writer

Thursday, July 12, 2018

CAMDEN — An Elizabeth City police officer is on leave without pay after being charged in Camden County last week with injury to personal property following two incidents involving a woman identified as his fiancée.

David Scott Sutton Jr., 37, of the 1300 block of N.C. Highway 343 South, Camden, is accused by Charlotte Corso of damaging her SUV and smashing a filtered water pitcher, Camden District Court records indicate.

Camden Magistrate S.P. Gordon issued a criminal summons for Sutton to appear in Camden District Court on Friday to face two counts of injury to personal property, a misdemeanor.

According to the criminal complaint she filed with Gordon, Corso claims that on July 5, Sutton yelled and screamed at her and smashed her filtered water pitcher worth $40. Two days later, on July 7, Corso claims Sutton jumped on her 2008 Ford Taurus X several times, ripped off the car’s windshield wipers and threatened to kill himself. Her complaint lists the damage to her vehicle at more than $200.

Elizabeth City police Chief Eddie Buffaloe said Thursday that Sutton is on administrative leave without pay. Buffaloe said his department is conducting an internal investigation of the allegations facing Sutton, but he declined to comment further.

Buffaloe said Sutton has been with the city police department since early February 2009. Sutton's annual salary is $49,980, Buffaloe said.

Sutton declined comment when reached Thursday, referring questions to the police department. Court records don't show whether he has retained an attorney.