Police: Habitual offender points gun at police officer

Eric Jones
Eric Jones

Authorities have arrested a 34-year-old man accused of pointing a gun at a police officer during a foot pursuit at a North Charleston hotel's parking lot on Wednesday.

The North Charleston Police Department charged Eric Jeron Jones with unlawful carrying of a firearm and pointing and presenting a firearm.

A police officer says he saw Jones driving around in a parking lot at the Ramada hotel on Northwoods Drive.  The officer says he saw the suspect driving around the parking lot several times looking at other cars in the lot.

According to investigators, the suspect then parked and hunched over the steering wheel for 15 minutes. The officer says he then made contact with the suspect due to Jones' behavior. As the officer made contact with Jones, the suspect began to stuff an unknown object into his waist band, police say.

A police report states that when the officer asked for identification, the suspect got out of the vehicle. The officer says he asked Jones several times to get back into the vehicle. Police say Jones then pulled a black handgun from his waist band and fled on foot.

Authorities say the officer then chased the suspect through the parking lot and across Ashley Phosphate Road.

According to the police report, when the suspect got to a stopped tow truck, Jones turned around and pointed the gun directly at the officer. The officer says as Jones was pointing the gun, the suspect fell on the curb and began to run again.

At that point, other officers arrived on the scene and were able to take him into custody. Officers say they were able to locate a 9mm gun on the ground where Jones fell. Police report that the gun had six rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber.

A records check revealed that the suspect had outstanding warrants through probation and parole. Records show he was driving under suspension and was declared a habitual offender. Investigators say that the suspect is prohibited from carrying a firearm due to a burglary conviction.

As the suspect was in the rear of the patrol car, he told police he could not breath due to swallowing cocaine. He was then transported to Trident Medical Center for treatment.

After Jones was treated he was locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center. Jones was also charged with unlawful possession of a weapon/ammunition by a person convicted of a violent offense and violation of the habitual offender act.

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