Sheriff: Former Raeford police chief charged after hitting girlfriend with hammer

August 3, 2018

The former Raeford police chief was arrested Thursday night after authorities said he assaulted his girlfriend.

Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said Kevin Dwayne Locklear, 51, hit his girlfriend on the arm with a hammer and was taken into custody.

Locklear was charged with assault on a female, assault with a deadly weapon and communicating threats. Court records show he was released on bond Friday.

Locklear was fired as Raeford’s police chief in December 2007, two days after domestic-related assault charges were dismissed against him.

He was charged in November 2007 with assault on a female, injury to personal property and domestic criminal trespass after an alleged assault on his then-wife. Erlina Locklear told investigators that he pushed her, causing her head to hit cement twice. He also grabbed her by the shirt and threw her onto the porch, she said.

Charges were dropped after Kevin Locklear agreed to complete court-ordered treatment.

In August 2011, the State Bureau of Investigation was called in to investigate after Locklear’s fiancée was found dead.

Locklear told investigators he was in a different room of their Raeford home when his finance, Amanda Graham Barker, shot herself, police said at the time.

Locklear eventually became the captain of the Red Springs Police Department, but was fired in December 2015 after being involved in an off-duty wreck while in a patrol car, according to the Fayetteville Observer.

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