Cops: Man threatens to shoot mechanic after receiving wrong tires

Published: Nov. 5, 2013 at 5:54 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 5, 2013 at 6:38 PM EST
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Authorities say a 69-year-old man took out a gun and threatened to shoot a mechanic after claiming he received the wrong brand of tires.

On Thursday evening, North Charleston police officers responded to Gerald's Tires on 3900 Dorchester Rd. for a man armed with a gun.

When officers arrived they say they saw Theodore Williams with a gun in his right pocket. Officers arrested Williams and took custody of Williams' gun, a Cobra .38 revolver.

The victim, a 23-year-old mechanic, said it all started when Williams came to the auto shop earlier that morning to get some prices for used tires. The victim said Williams told him that he would return later and purchase the tires.

According to the victim, when Williams returned that afternoon to pay for the tires, he became upset when he noticed that the tires were not Michelin tires.

A police report states that Williams began to yell and scream profanity because he wanted the specific brand of tires.

The victim said when he attempted to calm Williams down, police say Williams pulled out a gun from his back pocket, held it in his hand and yelled,"I have a gun and I will shoot you."

Investigators say three other witnesses at the scene confirmed the victim's account of what happened.

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