Sheriff: Man arrested at club, said he needed gun to get home safely

Published: Jul. 29, 2013 at 7:23 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 29, 2013 at 8:18 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County sheriff's deputies say they arrested one man with a gun after responding to a disturbance in the Charlie O's Club parking lot this weekend.

At approximately 4 a.m. on Sunday morning, deputies responded to the club on Dorchester Road and arrested 23-year-old Jaton L Edwards. He was charged with pointing and presenting a firearm and unlawful carrying of a firearm in an ABC establishment.

According to the report, when deputies arrived, three Charlie O's club security guards had Edwards and another suspect detained in the parking lot.

One of the guards told deputies that he had seen the suspects with a gun earlier that evening at a different club in Berkeley County, so they approached the suspect's vehicle when he arrived at Charlie O's.

When guards approached the window, Edwards pointed his gun at them, the incident report states. The security guards said Edwards dropped the gun at their request, and they held him until deputies arrived.

According to a deputy on the scene, Edwards admitted to being a convicted felon who could not legally carry a firearm, but said he needed to have a gun in order to return home from the club safely.  Major Jim Brady, sheriff's office spokesman, later said Edwards actually had no felony conviction on his record, which is why he wasn't charged for unlawful carrying of a handgun.

As of Monday afternoon, Edwards was being held in the Charleston County Detention Center under a $100,000 bond. The other suspect was released on the scene.

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