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After nearly 16 hours, a man who was barricaded in his home on Palmetto Green Drive surrendered to police Tuesday evening.
Neighbors say the man exited the home and lied on the ground as police moved in to take him into custody. Minutes earlier, neighbors heard the sound of four pops, similar to the sound of exploding gas cannisters.
Officers first received a call to the area in reference to a suicide attempt around midnight, and the ensuing standoff continued for hours as Horry County SWAT and police officers, the Myrtle Beach Police Department negotiations team, and FBI flooded what is typically a quiet neighborhood street within the Colonial Charters Community.
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HCPD Spokesperson Krystal Dotson said around 10 a.m. on Tuesday morning that nobody else was in the home on Palmetto Green Drive. She could not confirm whether other people were in the home earlier in the morning, however.
“Officers responded and realized there was one male inside of his home,” said Dotson earlier on Tuesday. “We can confirm that he does have a weapon; however, no shots have been fired. There are no reported injuries,”
The man has an outstanding warrant for drug-related charges, Dotson said. Authorities actively negotiated with him throughout the morning, and shortly after 2 p.m. the man’s sister arrived on scene in an attempt to talk him into surrendering to police.
John Watson Rankin, who told The Sun News he lives about 11 houses down from the home police are responding to, said security cameras at his residence picked up a single police vehicle approaching the house at around 12:05 a.m.
Rankin went outside at 4:30 a.m. when there were a handful of other law enforcement cars, but after 6 a.m., “it really started getting busy,” he wrote in a message to The Sun News.
Other residents on the scene said they were were startled to find a multiple police cars, including SWAT vans, lining their street Tuesday morning.
“Ninety-eight percent of us here are retired,” said Steve Spivey, a neighborhood resident. “The most action is somebody driving around on a golf cart.”
Curious neighbors clustered in driveways Tuesday morning, sharing concerns as they stood on the edge of the police activity. While police confirmed the man inside does have a weapon, the situation is under control.
“We are keeping the residents as updated and as safe as we possibly can,” said Dotson. “We’re got a lot of law enforcement officers that are out here that are around this house and that are taking every precaution to keep the residents safe.”
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