NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) -
When a North Charleston police officer approached a stolen car Wednesday afternoon, the last thing the officer expected to find was a 3 year old holding a gun.
According to police, the child grabbed what turned out to be a BB gun from the center console as an officer approached the car. The child safely handed it over to the officer while saying “gun, gun.”
The child was found in a stolen red Montero sport car with a Utah license plate. The car was located in the area of Remount and Yeamans Hall Road. According to police, the child’s father, 23-year-old Terrence Myers, was driving the car.
In court Thursday, bond was set for Myers at $25,000 on three charges. Myers received a $5,000 bond for possession of marijuana, $10,000 for possession of a stolen vehicle and $10,000 for unlawful neglect of child.
The incident began around 12:20 p.m. Wednesday when an officer received a call regarding a stolen car in the patrol area, a police report states. The officer turned around to verify the license plate number, but as the police car turned around, the suspect, later identified as Myers, made an abrupt turn onto Read Street.
Police say Myers pulled into a driveway on Reid Street and jumped over an 8-foot fence in the backyard. Investigators used K-9 units to try and locate the suspect.
During the search, two women approached police and said that Myers called the mother of the child and she asked the two women to pick up her child. Officers asked the mother to come to the scene for questioning.