Orangeburg County investigators allege an Orangeburg man reached into pants, where he was keeping a weapon, as they approached him.
“If it wasn’t for God’s intervention, someone could have been seriously injured or worse during this incident,” Orangeburg County Sheriff Leroy Ravenell said. “I’m so thankful it didn’t come to that.”
Timothy Hampton, 41, has been charged with unlawful carrying of a pistol, possession of a weapon by a person convicted of a violent felony and distribution of cocaine, second offense.
During a hearing on Friday, bond was denied for Hampton.
The Baxter Street man was taken into custody on Thursday, according to a release from the sheriff’s office.
Orangeburg County Sheriff’s investigators were traveling on Edisto Drive around 12:30 p.m. when they saw what appeared to be suspicious activity on a side street known for drug activity and prostitution.
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Investigators began following a vehicle that left the side street and discovered it had a suspended license plate.
When the Jeep turned into a nearby business, a male exited the vehicle and began walking away at a brisk pace.
Investigators pulled their weapons on the male when he was seen reaching into his pants and refused to show his hands, the release said.
When the male was taken into custody, a loaded .45-caliber handgun was allegedly located in this pants.
The driver of the Jeep was given a ticket for the license plate violation before the vehicle was towed.
Investigators Marty Journey and Rob Boyne are leading the ongoing investigation.