Army drill sergeant charged with assault after confrontation in his neighborhood

Army Sgt. 1st Class Jonathan Pentland has been removed of his Army duties after being charged with assault.

Update: A Fort Jackson drill sergeant has been charged with third degree assault for shoving a man loitering outside his home.

He was booked at the Richland County jail and issued a personal recognizance bond, according to online jail records.

Jonathan Pentland faces 30 days in jail and a $500 fine.


Army officials at South Carolina’s Fort Jackson are currently investigating an incident where a drill sergeant got into a confrontation with a man loitering in his neighborhood.

The video -which spans about three minutes long- shows what appears to be Staff Sergeant Jonathan Pentland confronting an individual who had reportedly been belligerent towards a woman at The Lakes at Barony Place, a gated community in Richland County located in the Summit neighborhood.

Police were already on their way and the confrontation had begun before the camera began filming, as Pentland forcefully attempted to convince the other man -known only as Deandre- to leave.

“Go away, right now,” Pentland said.

“Call the police,” Deandre replied.

“Hey, they’ve already been called,” responded a female, presumed to be Pentland’s wife. “They just.. You know what, maybe you should hang on a little longer, let’s see how that goes.”

“What is it you’re doing here?” Pentland asks.

Deandre then mumbles something untintelligible, which escalated Pentland’s temper.

“Then walk!” Pentland shouted.

“You’ve been here like fifteen minutes now,” the woman said.

“Let’s go,” Pentland said, gesturing with his arms. “Walk away.”

Deandre continued to argue back, prompting Pentland to repeat himself and ask if Deandre “Need[ed] help.”

The argument continued, and Deandre then began moving towards the woman, resulting in Pentland shoving him off-balance and getting in his face.

“You walk away!” Pentland shouted. “You’re talking to my wife right now.”

“That’s your wife?” asked Deandre.

“Walk away,” Pentland insisted. “Check it out. You either walk away or I’m gonna carry your a** out of here.”

The two argued for some time, and Pentland told Deandre that he was “in the wrong neighborhood.”

“I live here, sir,” Deandre said, prompting the couple to ask where he lives.

Unable or unwilling to answer, Deandre once again repeated that he lived in the neighborhood.

“We are a tight-knit community,” Pentland explained. “We take care of each other. Hell of a lot longer than your a**, because I’ve never seen you before in my life.”

Deandre then asked how long they have lived in the community, and Pentland lost his temper.

“Check it out, motherf*er, I ain’t playing with you,” Pentland said. “You either get your a moving, or I’m gonna move you.”

Deandre then challenged Pentland, and the two continued to argue while several women urged Deandre to leave.

“Sir, you’re acting like a child, move on,” one woman said to Deandre. “You picked a fight with some random young lady that’s one of our neighbors.”

Eventually, another woman convinced Deandre to leave.

“C’mon, you don’t want no trouble,” she said.

The video then ended with Deandre telling the residents that they were crazy.

During the confrontation, Deandre appeared somewhat sluggish to responses and off-balance, though it cannot be confirmed whether or not he was under the influence at the time.

Following the incident, the 42-year-old staff sergeant was quickly identified and soon appeared on the Army’s radar.

“This is by no means condoned by any service member,” tweeted Fort Jackson Commanding General Brig. Gen. Milford Beagle, Jr. “We will get to the bottom of this ASAP.”

According to the Washington Post, video of the confrontation was posted over 3,700 times on Facebook.

The person who posted the video, Shirell Johnson, stated that Pentland was issued a citation for malicious injury to property for slapping Deandre’s phone out of his hand, cracking the screen.

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