CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — The Charleston County arrest of Lesol Brown and Kamal Backman has been made for their Thursday involvement in the reported drug deal gone bad and have been charged with their bail set at $100,000 each.
Brown has been charged with robbery/armed robbery, robbery while armed or allegedly armed with a deadly weapon. Backman is being charged with accessory/ accessory after the fact to felony A, B, C or murder.
Brown admitted to the armed robbery, and to admitting to fleeing from officers at 9 John Street as well as sharing the proceeds of $440 that was obtained from that armed robbery. It would be determined that Brown held the victim at gunpoint with an automatic hand gun and robbed the victim. Further investigation would reveal that Backman did in fact commit the offense of accessory after the fact of a felony and armed robber.
On Thursday, The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and Charleston City Police Department investigated an officer involved shooting. According to police, officers responded to reports of a “drug deal gone bad” at 288-B King Street at 3 p.m.
They say the person who arranged the drug deal was robbed. That person then called dispatch to report the armed robbery. They also provided a description of the suspect. Officers were in the area when they saw a male matching the description of the suspect. Police say he was standing next a car that was running.
One of the officers told the driver to turn off the ignition. Reports say the driver accelerated towards the other assisting officers. One officer then fired his weapon at the car. The vehicle then sped away from the scene. There are no known reported injuries.
Officer Cory Broadwater has been identified as the officer who fired his weapon. He has been placed on administrative duty while the investigation takes place. Police Chief Greg Mullen says that is standard protocol.