SWAT takes man into custody after reports of shotgun fire

Published: May. 16, 2013 at 1:08 PM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2013 at 1:17 PM EDT
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Mervin Brown (Source: CCDC)
Mervin Brown (Source: CCDC)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A North Charleston man was taken into custody early Thursday by SWAT team members after police responded to reports of a shooting and found shotgun shells in his yard.

According to an incident report, police responded to 2926 Salamander Creek Lane, off Salamander Road near Fernwood Drive, a little after 10 p.m. after neighbors reported hearing shots.  They arrived to find fired and unfired shotgun shells laying in the front of the residence.

One officer climbed a fence to the backyard after seeing several more shotgun shells.  The officer said while he was checking the backyard, he noticed a man standing inside the residence with the light on.  The officer was apparently startled, as he said he ducked behind a parked vehicle in the yard.

Shortly thereafter the light was turned off.  The officer said he was then joined by other police, who set up a perimeter in the backyard.

Police said investigators collected one spent shotgun shell and three unfired shotgun shells.

SWAT was called to the scene and arrested the man inside the home, 53-year-old Mervin Brown, around 1 a.m.  He was charged with discharging a firearm within city limits.

He is being held in the Charleston County Detention Center.

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