Police arrest man on gun charge after scuffle in convenience store

Police arrest man on gun charge after scuffle in convenience store

NORTH CHARLESTON (WCSC) - North Charleston Police arrested a man on multiple charges including a gun charge after recognizing him from a previous traffic stop the night before.

Maurice Montrez Simmons, 31, was arrested and charged with habitual offender unlawful carrying of a firearm, resisting arrest and driving under suspension 3rd or subsequent, according to an incident report.

Police say they spotted a car that had been stopped by police the night before driven by Simmons, who they recalled had been arrested on a narcotics violation and multiple prior convictions of driving under suspension.

The incident report states Simmons made a quick turn into a cconveniencestore parking lot on Rivers Drive after police rode up alongside his vehicle. By the time police were able to maneuver back to the scene to make a safe turn into the parking lot, Simmons had gone inside the store, the report states.

Police say an employee of the store noted Simmons was standing in the back corner of the store by the office and heard him tell someone on the phone, "the cops are following me."

When officers attempted to arrest Simmons and escort him from the store, he resisted, and one of the officers used a Taser weapon after a short scuffle, the report states.

After Simmons had been detained, the store employee told police she had found a gun after "looking for what he was doing in the back room," the report states. Police say they collected a loaded 9mm gun the store employee found under a 12-pack of beer.

Simmons was being held in the Al Cannon Detention Center, police say.

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