Man accused of punching officer in Marion Square

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 33-year-old downtown man is behind bars accused of punching a Charleston police officer in the head and assaulting another officer in Marion Square.

The Charleston Police Department charged Christopher David Browder with two counts of assaulting a police officer.

On Saturday afternoon, an off-duty police officer, who was walking around Marion Square, reported seeing four people drinking in the park.

Officers then found one of the subjects, a 31-year-old woman, who said that she had been drinking with three other people. Police say she then showed an officer a bag containing alcohol.

A police report states that the woman then pointed to Browder, who was crossing the street towards the park, and said he had been drinking with her.

According to investigators, when officers asked Browder to come over to the bench, Browder punched one of the officers in the forehead.

Officers say they were able to take Browder to the ground where he continued to fight. An officer then tazed Browder to bring the suspect under control, police say.

EMS arrived on scene and treated Browder who was then locked up at the Charleston County Detention Center.

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