A man traded gunfire with his estranged wife’s boyfriend in North Charleston Tuesday morning, police said.
Darnell Montaque Thompson, 39, of Perrine Street, is charged with second-degree burglary, pointing and presenting a firearm and possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, police said.
Officers were dispatched to a trailer on Blacksmith Court shortly before 7:30 a.m. concerning shots fired, an incident report states.
Thompson told police that he stopped by the home that morning because he pays the rent there and because his estranged wife asked him to drop off gas money.
When he arrived, Thompson told police, a man fired about five shots. Thompson reported that he pulled out his Ruger 9mm pistol to return fire, prompting the other man to jump out a bedroom window and run.
Police said Thompson gave only vague responses when questioned further about what led to the shooting. His wife was able to fill in the gaps.
The 31-year-old woman told police that she did ask Thompson to bring her money, but that she did not invite him to come inside the home.
Thompson grew angry when he saw a vehicle parked outside, the woman told police. He pushed his way inside when she told him that the vehicle belonged to her 38-year-old boyfriend, according to the report.
Thompson pulled out a pistol and headed toward the bedroom where the woman’s boyfriend was staying, the report states. That man told police that he then grabbed his own gun and fired.
Thompson’s wife ran to protect her children at the sound of the gunfire, according to the report.
Thompson is being held at the Dorchester County jail, police said.
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