Cops: N. Charleston attempted murder suspect arrested following traffic stop

Cops: N. Charleston attempted murder suspect arrested following traffic stop

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a North Charleston attempted murder suspect was arrested following a traffic stop in downtown Charleston where he was found with a loaded gun and drugs.

Charleston police officers arrested 20-year-old Devonte Brown on Tuesday and charged him with unlawful carrying of a firearm and possession of cocaine base.

According to police officials, Brown is wanted for an attempted murder in North Charleston that happened this past summer. On the afternoon of June 24, officers responded to the area of Liberty Hill where a witness told police that four Hispanic men were chasing a man who was shooting at them.

A police report states after the shooter ran from the area, the four men got into a vehicle which was later stopped by officers. One of the men in the vehicle was found with a gunshot wound to his leg, and transported to the hospital.

Brown was arrested yesterday and charged for the incident. Around 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday, police officers on patrol in the area of North Romney Street spotted a Cadillac, which Brown was driving, with a licence tag cover that was covering the expiration date.

When officers attempted to make contact with the car, police say the Cadillac sped out of a parking lot and side-swiped a car. A police report states as officers approached the suspect's car, Brown attempted to leave the car at which time police told him not to move.

According to police, Brown told police he had a gun in his pocket.

Officers found a semi-automatic handgun, with a round in the chamber and nine rounds in the magazine, in Brown's left pants pocket.

Authorities say officers also found 1.5 grams of cocaine base in Brown's right pants pocket.

Brown was also given citations for failing to use a turn signal and driving under suspension.

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