“Is the sheriff’s office on scene at Uncle Tito’s as well?” a local firefighter can be heard asking. “They are on scene administering CPR at this time,” a dispatcher responded.
Efforts to revive the 20-year decorated veteran of force were to no avail. The 41-year-old officer died while reportedly breaking up a brawl at Uncle Tito’s bar outside Myrtle Beach. Investigators believe he suffered a fatal blow to the head.
“This is the most devastating thing ever,” said Caroline Mainieri, the victim’s older sister. Speaking exclusively to News 8’s Mario Boone, Mainieri said she and their mother immediately flew to South Carolina after getting the news.
“We’re in Vermont and we got a call at 2:30 in the morning saying that we had to come down here as soon as possible,” she said. Once they arrived, their worst fears became clear. “We walked in and they just came in and said that he’s brain dead. There’s no oxygen to his brain.”
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So far, Kelton Todd is only charged with assault of a high and aggravated nature in connection with Mainieri’s death. But, the officer’s family is outraged the 21-year-old is already free on a $35,000 bond.
“It was heart-wrenching hearing that this guy is out right now and my brother is dead from just breaking up a fight, you know?” Mainieri said.
There is one piece of good news in from his killing. All of Manieri’s organs will be donated.
Mainieri’s remains are expected to be returned to Connecticut later this week. A memorial service will be held here before his remains are taken to their final resting place in his hometown of Colchester, Vt.
“The South Windsor police are going to stay here and wait for him to be cremated and then bring him back so he’s never left alone,” his sister said.
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