Affidavit: Suspect attempted to run over U.S. Marshal to avoid capture

Brian Javon Sherald

A 31-year-old man who was wanted this week for child exploitation attempted to run over a U.S. Marshal who tried to take him into custody, an arrest affidavit for the man alleged.

State Law Enforcement Division agents on Thursday charged Brian Javon Sherald, Santee River Road in St. Stephen, with first-degree assault in connection with the incident. The felony charge carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.

The U.S. Marshals Service encountered Sherald around 1:30 p.m. Tuesday on Marginal Lane in West Ashley. The street runs parallel to U.S. Highway 17 near the Ponderosa subdivision, about 4 miles west of Citadel Mall.

U.S. Marshals conducted a traffic stop on Sherald, who was driving a 2012 Mazda 6, and told him to stay in the vehicle, the arrest affidavit stated. Sherald, instead, placed the vehicle in drive, attempted to strike one of the deputies and fled the scene, the document said.

“The victim, in fear for his safety and well being, had to quickly move out of the way to avoid being run over by the defendant,” the affidavit stated.

A pursuit ended when Sherald’s vehicle crashed into another car, authorities said.

A deputy U.S. Marshal fired at least one shot during the attempted arrest, SLED spokesman Thom Berry reported. No one was wounded in the gunfire, he said.

Sherald was wanted on a bench warrant in a child exploitation case, authorities said.

He faces additional charges of failure to stop for blue lights, leaving a crash scene and possession of a stolen vehicle.

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