Wanted man arrested for assaulting police officer, stolen gun

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a man wanted by the Goose Creek Police Department was arrested after he assaulted a North Charleston Police officer and was found with a stolen gun.

Police charged 27-year-old Anthonio Levard Ranson with unlawful carrying of a firearm, assault on police with resisting and possession of a stolen firearm.

On Friday morning, officers responded to Cooper's Pointe apartments in North Charleston in reference to a man at the apartment complex. The office manager told authorities that a tenant at the complex is seeking a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend, Ranson, and requested that police be contacted if he was seen near the apartment.

Authorities were told that Ranson was at an apartment and is known to carry a handgun. An officer then made contact with Ranson, who was on the patio area of the apartment.

Officers told Ranson to show his hands as officers entered the area. Officers then conducted a search on Ranson.

During the search, officers say they spotted a black colored pistol grip on Ranson. According to investigators, when officers attempted to restrain Ranson, Ranson snatched his arm from the grip of one of the officers and pushed another officer to the ground.

As Ranson fled the area, an officer said she saw the handgun fall from Ranson's waist near the end of the 100 building of the apartment complex. The officer recovered the gun and continued to pursue Ranson.

Officers eventually arrested Ranson near the entrance to the Baker Plantation subdivision.

The gun that officers recovered was a titanium .357 Taurus revolver loaded with two gold colored bullets and three silver colored bullets. A check on the gun revealed that it was reported stolen from Lexington, NC in November of 2007.

A background check revealed that Ranson was wanted by Goose Creek police for an outstanding warrant.

According to a police report, Ranson said that he did not intend to hurt the officer since she was a woman, admitted to having the gun and said that he was at the apartment because he wanted visitation with his son.

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