Bond denied for suspect in connection with N. Charleston shootout

Published: Aug. 3, 2015 at 6:24 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 5, 2015 at 6:29 PM EDT
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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Bond has been denied for the man arrested in connection with a North Charleston shootout that took the lives of two men.

North Charleston police say Chancellor Earl Thompson's bond was denied at Charleston Bond Court Wednesday morning. Thompson surrendered himself to detectives at North Charleston City Hall with his attorney shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday.

According to NCPD officials, Thompson is being transported to the county jail where he's expected to have a bond hearing on Wednesday morning.

Thompson's arrest stems from a Friday shooting which took the lives of 32-year-old Kareem Walker and 29-year-old Jonathan Thompson who police say both died after pulling their weapons out and firing at each other.

NCPD officials say investigators learned that Chancellor Thompson, brother of Jonathan Thompson, was on the scene during the incident in possession of a weapon which he discharged.

Police are working to determine the cause of the altercation between the victims and the suspects.

An affidavit states Chancellor and Jonathan Thompson and the victim, Walker, were in a verbal and physical altercation in front of an apartment on Buist Avenue.

According to investigators, during the altercation, Jonathan Thompson pulled out a gun and fired  shots in the air. Police say as the three men continued to argue, Chancellor shoved the victim knocking him to the ground.

Court papers state the victim then retrieved a gun that was on the ground and placed it into his pocket and attempted to walk up the stairs to his apartment.

Authorities say the brothers prevented the victim from walking up the stairs and both pointed guns at the victim at which point the victim then took a gun and pointed it at the brothers.

A witness reported that a gun battle began between the brothers and the victim. The witness said he ran for cover and reported the brothers were struck several times.

Jonathan Thompson and Kareem Walker succumbed to their injuries on scene, while Chancellor Thompson fled the scene before officers arrived, police say.

In addition, responding officers located two gunshots to the front door of a nearby apartment.

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