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Man arrested after threatening wife and the two men he found her with

Durward Pridgen
Durward Pridgen

A 68-year-old man faces several felony charges for allegedly putting a gun to his wife's head Tuesday morning after he found a man sleeping next to her and another man asleep on the couch at his Moss Creek home, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

Durward Pridgen was arrested after an incident that began after he called home from an Augusta, Ga., hospital, where he is an emergency room doctor. When his 50-year-old wife didn't answer the phone, he called Moss Creek security to check on her, according to a Sheriff's Office report released Wednesday.

Security officers checked the home and noticed a man sleeping on the couch, the report said. It is unclear if the security guards told Pridgen what they saw.

Pridgen then drove from Augusta to the couple's home.

When he found the men there, Pridgen allegedly put his Smith & Wesson handgun to his wife's head and threatened to kill her, the report said. He then pointed the gun at the 43-year-old Bluffton man asleep in bed next to her and demanded the man take off his clothes and leave the house.

He followed the same routine with the 52-year-old Greenwood man asleep on the couch, telling the man "remove (your) pants and get out now," the report said.

Pridgen then fired a shot into the wall.

When Moss Creek security arrived, they found Pridgen pointing the gun at the younger man in the front yard.

As security officers separated the men, Pridgen tried to give each man a bullet, claiming, "The next time it will be in you," the report said.

Pridgen was charged with two counts of pointing a firearm at a person, criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, the report said.

He was released from the Beaufort County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon after posting a $40,000 bond, the jail log said.