Assistant U.S. attorney found dead in parking lot near gun


An assistant U.S. attorney who died Saturday was found dead in a Mount Pleasant parking lot with a shotgun nearby, according to a police report.

There was no sign of foul play, Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten said. She refused to provide more details or specify a cause of death.

Alston Calhoun Badger, 51, of Mount Pleasant was found dead in the parking lot of the Tides Medical Arts Center on Wingo Way, according to police.

A police officer was patrolling the area when he found a red sport-utility vehicle with the back left door open and a man, later identified as Badger, lying on the ground next to the car, an incident report stated.

Another officer patrolling the area also came across the scene and found a shotgun lying next to Badger. A witness told police that about 4:01 p.m. she saw the car in the parking lot and a man getting something out of the back of the car, the report stated. She told police he was alone, according to the report.

Police found his identification and “pertinent paperwork” on the passenger seat of the car, the report stated.

Mount Pleasant Police Maj. Stan Gragg declined to say more and referred questions to the Coroner’s Office.

Badger worked as an assistant U.S. attorney out of Charleston’s office. He grew up in Charleston and got his law degree from the University of South Carolina. He started working for the 9th Circuit Solicitor’s office shortly after graduation in 1988.

Stuhr’s Mount Pleasant chapel is handling funeral arrangements.

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