Crime & Courts

Sumter County man charged after alleged assault on elementary school employee

Brunson Sumter County Sheriff’s Office

Sumter County sheriff’s deputies charged a man Monday after he allegedly assaulted a Manchester Elementary School employee, officials said.

Braden Bunch, a sheriff’s office spokesman, said 56-year-old Ronald Brunson, of Pinewood, has been charged with third-degree assault and battery as well as disturbing schools.

Bunch said Brunson was a disgruntled employee applicant who had been rejected for a custodial position at the school and came to the school before the start of class and allegedly assaulted a school employee. Brunson left school following the alleged assault before he came back a short time later.

Following precautionary protocols, school officials placed the school on lockdown shortly after the incident began, Bunch said. No students were injured or in harm’s way during the incident, and school officials have since lifted the lockdown.

The school employee who Brunson allegedly assaulted did not require medical attention, Bunch said.

Deputies eventually located Brunson at his home, located in the 200 block of Kirven Street, and placed him into custody without further incident, Bunch said. Before his arrest, Brunson’s family members told deputies that Brunson has a history of mental issues.

Brunson has been transported to the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center where he awaits bond hearing, Bunch said.