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Police standoff ends with tear gas, arrest

A five hour standoff ended peacefully when SWAT teams used tear gas on a Palmetto Green Drive residence forcing the suspect outside and into police custody.

The barricade scene was one of two separate standoffs in Horry County on Wednesday.

Horry County Police responded to a yellow home near Colonial Charter for the reported standoff. As the events unfolded, neighbors expressed frustration that it was the same house where a standoff occurred in June. A 24-year-old armed man did not face charges after that standoff.

Neighbor Nancy Moseley said she left home at about 9:30 a.m. to go horseback riding. At that time she saw an ambulance and patrol car in the neighborhood. When she returned hours later there were several police vehicles outside the home.

"I thought, 'Oh, no. Not again," she said.

Megan Doiley lives across the street from the house where the man barricaded himself inside. She said repairmen at her house let her know about the police presence

"Here we go again," Doiley recalled thinking when she saw the scene.

Doiley was home with her young child and kept him at the back of the house and away from the windows in case something happened. She added at one point she saw SWAT members running through her yard.

She left the house with her son before the standoff ended.

As the standoff lingered, police and SWAT members in full tactical gear moved around the house. Neighbors also gathered in driveways and in the street to watch events unfold.

At about 2 p.m., loud bangs could be heard coming from the house until there was a large "boom" and the smoke detectors went off. Minutes later, the suspect, wearing red shorts, came out from the house as police yelled for him to get on his knees. He was taken into custody.

Police spokeswoman Krystal Dotson declined to identify the suspect.

Dotson said there were no injuries, but the suspect was being checked by medical personnel. Nobody else was injured in the incident.



Hannah Strong: 843-444-1765, @HannahLStrong

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