LEXINGTON, S.C. – A Lexington man is accused of pointing a gun at a Lexington County deputy after an alleged domestic violence incident.

Mikel Scott Hinkle

Mikel Scott Hinkle, 56, is charged with pointing and presenting a firearm at a person and third-degree domestic violence, according to arrest warrants.

“Hinkle and a family member were traveling in a ride service car Jan. 12 when Hinkle started hitting his family member,” Lexington County Sheriff Jay Koon said. “When the ride service driver confronted Hinkle, he then assaulted the driver.”

The driver was able to audio record Hinkle and Hinkle’s family member, and contacted law enforcement, according to Koon.

“A Lexington County deputy went to Hinkle’s home in reference to a possible domestic assault investigation. The deputy knocked and announced several times before making contact with Hinkle in the home and identified herself as a deputy,” Koon stated. “Hinkle went to his bedroom and came out with a handgun, which he pointed at the deputy while complaining she was in his home.”

The deputy convinced Hinkle to put the gun down and detained him, according to Koon.

Hinkle has been released from the Lexington County Detention Center after meeting conditions of his bond.