Man punched by deputy, arrested for the third time on gun charge

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A man who received a $250,000 settlement from the Charleston County Sheriff's Office after he was assaulted by a deputy has been arrested again.

The Charleston Police Department arrested 20-year-old Devante Antwan Pittman on Wednesday and charged him with unlawfully carrying of a firearm.

It's Pittman's third arrest since he received a settlement from the sheriff's office for a November incident where he was assaulted by a deputy during a traffic stop.

A police report states on Wednesday afternoon, Pittman was being interviewed by detectives in reference to a separate incident.  Investigators say during a recorded interview, Pittman admitted to buying a gun two months ago for $160.

Pittman told detectives that he had recently been trying to sell it because he was not sure of its history. Police say Pittman said he still had the gun at his home and would be willing to surrender it to detectives.

Detectives then escorted Pittman to his home where authorities located a gun in Pittman's bedroom. A police report states that the serial number of the gun was partially obliterated. Police officials say a check on the gun revealed it had been stolen from a car break-in in July.

Police are continuing the investigation.

Pittman was arrested at the Citadel Mall in June after police say he was caught with a handgun. In that incident, police say it all started when Pittman became verbally abusive with an employee at Jimmy Jazz.

The report states police arrived, and a search of Pittman uncovered a .38 revolver in his back right shorts pocket.

Pittman was also arrested in late March on charges he was in possession of a stolen vehicle and pointed a handgun at a man.

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