Officers draw guns; 1 'drive-stunned' in fight outside Beaufort Walmart

mmcnab@beaufortgazette.comMarch 19, 2014 



Three people were arrested Wednesday outside the Walmart in Beaufort after a fight in the parking lot prompted officers to draw weapons and use a Taser to break it up, according to a Beaufort Police Department spokeswoman.

Police arrived at the parking lot about 10:30 a.m. to find a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office deputy with his weapon drawn on three people fighting, police Cpl. Hope Able said. A Beaufort city officer also drew his weapon in an attempt to break up the fight.

A 34-year-old woman involved in the fight was "drive-stunned" -- the Taser was pressed against her chest, not shot at her -- after failing to heed the officers' commands, Able said.

The woman was charged with criminal domestic violence and possession of a schedule IV drug after she was found with pills suspected to be Xanax, Able said.

A 32-year-old man also was charged with criminal domestic violence.

A 37-year-old man was charged with providing false information to police, Able said.

Able said the men and woman were in a vehicle when the fight started. An off-duty deputy at Walmart saw the fight and tried to intervene, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said.

All three were being held Wednesday at the Beaufort County Detention Center on the misdemeanor charges, pending bond hearings, according to the jail log.

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