Tuesday, a man was arrested by police in Burton after they said he pulled a gun on a tow truck driver for a repossession company. A charge of pointing and pointing a firearm at another person was brought against 35-year-old Michael Washington of St. Helena Island.
Maj. says that just after 7 p.m. on Nov. 23, a tow truck driver from a repossession company showed up at a Burton residence in the Forest Fields neighborhood. A spokesperson for the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is Angela Viens. Washington, the owner of the pickup truck, came outside while the driver was getting it ready to be towed, and the two began to argue.
According to Viens, Washington allegedly pulled a gun from his waistband during the altercation. Police were told by the unidentified repo driver that Washington fired once into the ground but not at him. Washington and a woman who was inside the house at the time of the incident left in the pickup truck. According to Viens, after the driver called 911, the two were stopped by police on Sea Island Parkway. Police received contradictory accounts regarding who owned the gun from Washington and the driver.
On December 20, deputies were able to request surveillance footage from their truck from the repossession company and obtained a warrant for Washington on December 21.
On Parris Island Gateway in Port Royal on Tuesday, police discovered Washington and brought charges against him. There were no reports of harm. At the Beaufort County Detention Center on Tuesday afternoon, Washington remained in custody.