UPDATE: The charge against Williams was dropped in June 2010.

A Charleston County jailer is on administrative leave without pay after being accused of pointing a handgun at a man.

The officer, Leester Williams, 39, of North Charleston, was not on duty at the time of the incident, which happened about 9:30 p.m. Wednesday on Alabama Drive in North Charleston, according to a report from the North Charleston police.

She was charged with pointing a firearm.

According to the report, officers responding to a disturbance call found Williams in the front seat of a pickup truck. Several witnesses shouted to officers that Williams had a gun, the report said. Officers commanded Williams to show her hands. She complied, and they handcuffed her.

A witness then told officers that he had held Williams down and taken the gun from her. The witness then gave officers a black .40-caliber Glock pistol. Officers at the Charleston County Detention Center are not issued guns, said Maj. John Clark of the Charleston County Sheriff's Office.

Another man on the scene told officers that he was walking past the truck when Williams pointed a gun at him and told him to get out the way because she was going to kill somebody, the report said. The man then fled on foot and took cover.

Clark said Williams is out on bond, and she is suspended pending the outcome of the investigation.

Williams has been employed at the sheriff's office since 1993, Clark said.

Reach Diane Knich at 937-5491 or dknich@postandcourier.com.