No stop for the cop

  • Friday, January 31, 2014

Summerville Police charged Carl Jerome Thompson, Jr., 24 or Summerville, with Failure to Stop for Blue Lights and Unlawful Carry of a Handgun Jan. 19 after witnessing Thompson firing a gun while driving slowly from Simmons Ave., toward Parkwood Dr. According to the incident report, the officer heard another gunshot and watched the sedan move past him and then heard a third gunshot.

The officer then attempted to locate the vehicle catching up to it on Old Golf Rd. Activating his blue lights, the officer attempted to pull the vehicle over but it crossed the double yellow lines and continued down Corey Blvd. It finally turned in to the driveway at 509 Corey Blvd. The officer approached the vehicle on foot as it moved toward the rear of the residence coming to a stop behind the residence. Drawing his weapon the officer ordered the driver – Thompson – out of the vehicle and to place his hand on his car. Thompson continued to move towards the door of his residence while facing the officer. The officer holstered his gun and drew his Taser and again ordered Thompson to put his hands on his car but Thompson continued to move toward the residence. The officer holstered the Taser and grabbed Thompson and pinned him up against the car, placing his hands in handcuffs.

After conducting a pat down the officer could not locate any weapons. He turned his attention to the passenger. He could smell marijuana emanating from the vehicle. The passenger exited the vehicle at the officer’s request and denied anything illegal in the vehicle.

Searching the car the officer located a .22 caliber revolver with three spent casings and one unfired round. He also found marijuana. Thompson claimed he had not fired the gun and had not stopped for the officer because he thought the officer was going to an emergency and didn’t realize he was trying to pull him over.

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