SLED investigates NCPD officer-involved shooting

(Bill Burr/WCIV)

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) -- State police officials have taken over an officer-involved shooting in North Charleston after a man Wednesday morning reportedly took a woman hostage and threatened to shoot police.

According to North Charleston police, officers were sent to BJ's Paint & Body Shop on Meeting Street Road in reference to shots being fired. When officers arrived, they found a man had taken a woman into an officer and locked them inside, police said.

The man, identified as 28-year-old Kenneth Lamont Brown, also threatened to shoot any officers that showed up, police added.

A short time later, police say Brown left the building and pointed a handgun at an officer, so one of the officers took a shot and hit Brown in the right arm.

EMS moved in to provide first aid and Brown was taken to Medical University Hospital.

A woman was found in the office; police said she was not injured. Brown was charged with kidnapping, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and pointing and presenting a firearm.

People that work near the shooting scene on Aragon Street tell ABC News 4 they didn't see what happened. But they did hear gunfire coming from BJ's Paint and Body Shop. Others say it's another day and another crime in their community and they're tired of it.

"I'm concerned that it's too much police and young people violence around here," said Cynthia Smalls, who lives near the crime scene in North Charleston.

She wants to know if police can switch to another weapon in cases like this.

"Why can't they just taze them? And just, the Taser works real well. And don't have to fire at them," explains Smalls.

Others like Charles Maker are growing weary of on-going gun crimes.

"Feel sad about it. I'm tired of seeing a lot of killing going on. Tired of seeing what's really happening with our city," said Maker, who's also a friend of Brown's father.

Because an officer shot at and hit Brown, State Law Enforcement Division agents took over the investigation, as is normal protocol.

North Charleston police have deferred all comment on the investigation to SLED.

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