Rep. Jerry Govan charged in altercation with Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter

Jerry Govan (Richland County Sheriff's Department)

COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) -- A South Carolina State House representative has turned himself in to Richland County Sheriff's Office deputies amid an investigation of an alleged assault.

Rep. Jerry Govan turned himself in around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.

The alleged assault occurred at the South Carolina State House in May.

According to an incident report, the department was asked to open an investigation on October 11.

The Fifth Court Solicitor's Office reviewed the department's investigation and presented their investigation to the magistrate office. They were then able to determine their was probable cause and issued a warrant for Govan's arrest.

The situation allegedly happened on May 11, when a State House security officer heard an argument in a back conference room around 10:40 a.m. The officer saw Reps. Gilda Cobb-Hunter and Govan having a verbal altercation. The officer "observed Govan raise his arm and bring it down in an attempt to grab or push" Rep. Cobb-Hunter, according to the incident report.

As the officer reported the incident to his supervisors, a call over the radio reported another argument. The officer went back to the conference room to see Rep. Govan and another representative arguing. It turned physical when Rep. Govan pushed a copy of the House Calendar into the other representative's face. Officers has to physically separate the two.

Cobb-Hunter filed a complaint in September. RCSD was asked to investigate if an assault occurred.

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