Aiken Public Safety surrounded a home on the 100 block of Jehossee Drive after several 911 calls were made about gunshots fired in the neighborhood.
“He did point the weapon at the officers and engaged the officers,” said Lieutenant Jake Mahoney. “Then retreated and fled into a house.”
The standoff started around 4 o’clock on Friday afternoon. A man with a gun was reportedly threatening public safety officers.
“We’re attempting to make contact with the suspect, to see what we can do to resolve the situation peacefully,” explained Lieutenant Mahoney. ” We want to determine what his intentions are, and see if he need any assistance.”
The standoff stands out in this neighborhood. One person who lives in the area says this is not the norm. He says it’s a peaceful part of town.
“Pretty much since we’ve been here,” said Wayne Thrope. “We’ve lived here a little over a year, and this is the first time something like this drastic has happened.”
Aiken Public Safety tried several times to get the suspect to surrender, but nothing was working.
We talked to officers while they were still trying to bring the standoff to a peaceful end.
“The bottom line is, we want to help him without causing any injury or harm to anyone,” said Lieutenant Mahoney.
Eventually, their efforts paid off. The suspect surrendered around 8:30 pm Friday night.
The suspect is now in custody and SLED will take over the investigation.
NewsChannel 6 did learn that the suspect’s grandmother was a hostage, she is safe now and was taken to the hospital to get checked out.
We will have more information about the charges and motive as soon as we get them.