North Charleston man accused of firing on Texas police officer on I-526
NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston authorities have arrested a 34-year-old man accused of opening fire on an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety on I-526.
Bond was set at $500,000 for Felipe Antonio Ford of North Charleston. Ford is charged with four counts of attempted murder and pointing a firearm.
On Sunday night, officers responded to the area of North Rhett Boulevard and I-526 in reference to a shooting. Police say the victim, who identified himself as an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety, had blood all over the left side of his face.
The victim said he was traveling on I-526 when the driver's side window blew out and injured his face. The victim and other occupants in the vehicle reported hearing three pings, then hearing the window shattering.
According to the victim, he then saw a white BMW speed away.
Investigators say the victim followed the suspect's vehicle, and both vehicles pulled over in the area of the North Rhett Boulevard exit.
A police report states when the victim pulled his car alongside the suspect's vehicle, the victim noticed that the suspect had a gun out that he was pointing at the victim and the other occupants, and began cursing at them.
At that time, the victim told the suspect that he was an officer with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Police say the incident then deescalated.
Officers reported that when they spoke to Ford, he claimed that the shooter was in a white colored Dodge Charger. The victims told police that they never saw a Dodge Charger.
According to investigators, Ford stated that he did have a gun in his car, but denied officers' permission to search his vehicle saying,"Nothing is happening without me speaking to my attorney."
Police then took Ford's vehicle into custody and noticed that there were four spent shell casings in the driver's seat. Investigators say they retrieved seven shell casings from the vehicle as well as a handgun.
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