CPD, RCSD announce arrest of protester armed with pistol, 70 rounds of ammo

CPD, RCSD announce arrest of protester armed with pistol, 70 rounds of ammo
Dominic Gladden has been charged with unlawful carrying a pistol and illegal acts during a state of emergency. (Source: Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - The Richland County Sheriff’s Department and the Columbia Police Department have announced the arrest of a 19-year-old man who was involved in Sunday’s protest.

Dominic Gladden has been charged with unlawful carrying a pistol and illegal acts during a state of emergency.

Officials say Gladden was carrying a pistol and an estimated 70 rounds of ammo during a protest that was held in downtown Columbia for George Floyd.

Police say Gladden was among the crowd of agitators who refused to disperse once the curfew took effect at 6 p.m. Sunday. Once in custody, the weapon and ammunition were found in a backpack he was carrying.

CPD, RCSD announce arrest of protester armed with pistol, 70 rounds of ammo
CPD, RCSD announce arrest of protester armed with pistol, 70 rounds of ammo (Source: Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police Department)
CPD, RCSD announce arrest of protester armed with pistol, 70 rounds of ammo
CPD, RCSD announce arrest of protester armed with pistol, 70 rounds of ammo (Source: Richland County Sheriff’s Department and Columbia Police Department)

Gladden is among more than a dozen people arrested between both agencies May 31.

Police confirmed more than 50 people were arrested by both agencies this weekend.

Ten of those arrested face looting charges, while 31 violated the city ordinance concerning the 6 p.m. curfew. The remainder were arrested on various charges such as disorderly conduct, while three face weapons charges.

Fifteen were from the Columbia area. Another 20 were not, police said. And at least five of the protesters were from out of state.

Sheriff Leon Lott and Chief Skip Holbrook stated that they did not feel that Sunday’s protests were peaceful. Both stated that those who show up with firearms have no intention of protesting peacefully and that that behavior will not be tolerated.

“To those who think they got away with agitating the crowds, know that those who were there peacefully took videos and pictures of you,” Lott added. “And we’re coming after you.”

Deputies are still processing additional information in connection with arrests made on Sunday. That information will be released as soon as its available, police said.

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