WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) - A fugitive wanted on an outstanding bench warrant was apprehended Tuesday afternoon by Charleston County Deputies and the US Marshals Office following a pursuit that included gunfire.
Brian Sherald, 31, was taken into custody after a brief pursuit, according to US Marshals Chief Deputy Rick Long.
The situation began between 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. Tuesday when the Charleston County Sheriff's Office was searching for Sherald for an outstanding felony warrant in an area south of Marginal Road and Ponderosa Drive, Long said.
During a surveillance sweep, marshals located Sherald, and attempted to make contact with the fugitive, Long said. A US marshal, claiming he feared for he life, fired gunshots at Sherald as the fugitive attempted to drive away in his car, South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said.
Sherald drove down Savannah Highway before abandoning his car and fleeing on foot off Marginal Drive, Long said.
According to a Charleston County Sheriff's Office incident report, authorities found the suspect's vehicle at 3196 Marginal Road in the parking lot of Carpet Baggers.
US Marshals, Charleston County deputies and Charleston police units then set up a perimeter to include the near by subdivision of Ponderosa.
At 2:25 p.m., members of the US Marshals Fugitive Task Force were going through the neighborhood when they spotted Sherald in the vicinity of a home on Ponderosa Drive and quickly arrested him.
Motorists reported seeing a helicopter in the area during the search as well.
The investigation is ongoing and being handled by SLED agents, Long said.
Sherald was featured on a Live 5 News' Most Wanted segment in 2012 in which police said he was wanted for emailing porn to a Charleston County School District secretary.
At the time, he was wanted on charges of sexual exploitation of a minor second degree for allegedly e-mailing child porn to a secretary at the Charleston County School District office on Calhoun Street.