Suspect in domestic situation points gun at bystander, prompts police response in Crosland Park

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AIKEN, S.C. (WJBF) — Two people are in custody following a domestic situation and subsequent police response in Aiken’s Crosland Park neighborhood.

The Incident started as a domestic situation between a male and female just before 4 p.m., Thursday, April 4 at a home on Alfred Street, according to Lieutenant Jake Mahoney with the Aiken Department of Public Safety. We’re told during the incident, the suspect pointed a gun at a bystander.

When officers arrived, they spotted a man, later identified as Damien Simmons, 36, of Aiken fleeing on foot, Lieutenant Mahoney added. Officers begin to chase him and it is believed he fled to a home at Hahn and Schroder Avenues. It is not known at this time the relationship with Simmons and the homeowner(s).

For a short time, officials blocked off the 1200 block of Hahn Avenue and Schroder Ave NE between Alfred St NE and Aldrich St NE.

Simmons was caught and arrested shortly after.  It was later revealed that Simmons was not involved in the original incident.  Investigators believe he started running when authorities arrived on the scene because of warrants for his arrests out of York County, South Carolina. 

He’s currently being held at the Aiken County Detention Center. In Aiken County, he’s facing a charge of failure to comply with lawful direction of police.  He’s still awaiting a resolution on his charges in York County.

Meanwhile, the man involved in the original incident, Exekiel Boyd, 17, of Augusta, turned himself into authorities Friday, April 5, Lieutenant Mahoney added.

He’s facing a number of charges including unlawful carrying of a pistol, first-degree assault & battery, and pointing and presenting firearms at a person.  He’s also currently in the Aiken County Detention Center. 

Count on NewsChannel 6 to keep you updated on this developing story.

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