MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - The Mount Pleasant Police Department is thanking the public for tips that led to the arrest of a man wanted in an assault that followed a comment in a grocery store parking lot.
Joel Gallant is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, Mount Pleasant Police Inspector Chip Googe said.
Gallant is accused in a disturbance on March 18 at approximately 2:40 a.m. at a grocery store on Houston Northcutt Boulevard. An incident report states the victim was walking towards the entrance of the store when he noticed Gallant's vehicle parked in the fire lane. The victim told police he said, "nice fire truck" to Gallant as Gallant was getting out of his vehicle. Gallant got angry, the victim said, went back to the vehicle to retrieve a pistol, which he cocked and then hit the victim in the side of the head with it.
The victim said the gun fired when it hit him in the head.
No one was struck by the gunfire, Googe said.
Police posted surveillance images of the man wanted in connection with the crime on Wednesday on the department's website.