Drug suspects jailed after pit bull attacks officers

Bernard Manigault (left) and Bishawn Bell

The two men who were arrested on drug charges after pit bulls attacked North Charleston police officers carrying out a search warrant in the Chicora neighborhood Thursday have been identified.

Bernard Lamont Manigault, 22, of Niagara Street was charged with possession with intent to distribute cocaine, possession with intent to distribute cocaine within half mile of a school, distribution of marijuana, distribution of marijuana within a half mile of a school and possession of marijuana second or greater.

Military Magnet Academy is visible from the house.

Bishawn Bell, 24, of Westview Street was charged with possession of marijuana second or greater.

Also, the search was carried out at 1938 Redwood St., according the incident report. An early release incorrectly listed the address as Chicora Avenue, since the house is near that intersection.

Shortly after 5 p.m., North Charleston officers with a warrant went into the house to search for drugs when a white pit bull latched onto an officer’s arm and the officer shot and wounded the animal. A brown pit bull then charged officers and was shot dead.

The injured officer was taken to a hospital for treatment. Animal Control took custody of the wounded pit bull.

Officers found marijuana, cocaine, digital scales and a loaded Kel-Tec .380-caliber pistol at the house, according to the report.

Manigault was being held in the Charleston County jail on $25,000 bail and Bell on $3,000 bail as of Friday afternoon.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.