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Authorities capture suspect after three-hour standoff in Murrells Inlet

Standoff suspect surrenders to police

A man is in custody after multiple agencies and a SWAT team responded to a Murrells Inlet home where a subject was barricaded.
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A man is in custody after multiple agencies and a SWAT team responded to a Murrells Inlet home where a subject was barricaded.

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A man is in custody after multiple agencies and a SWAT team responded to a Murrells Inlet home where he was barricaded on Wednesday.

William Blair, 34, was wanted on charges in Rhode Island by the state police. Georgetown County Sheriff’s deputies went to a home on Hawks Nest Circle Wednesday morning to apprehend Blair when he refused to come out, said Jason Lesley, the spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Georgetown County law enforcement are responding to a situation in Murrells Inlet near Hawks Nest Circle.

A three-hour standoff ensued, and authorities were able to reach Blair inside the house by phone and negotiate his surrender, Lesley said.

“He is wanted in Rhode Island on charges. Officers came to the residence. Mr. Blair refused to come out. Negotiations went on for a brief time, and a swat team was summoned,” said Lesley. “Eventually, Mr. Blair took a telephone call. Negotiators talked him in to coming out on the porch. He was taken with less-than-lethal force.”

Georgetown County law enforcement are responding to a standoff situation in Murrells Inlet near Hawks Nest Circle.

Police canines were also called to the scene, where about 20 officers and units from Murrells Inlet Garden City Fire Rescue swamped the street. Lesley confirmed another man was also inside the home during the standoff.

Blair was taken to the Georgetown County Detention Center, and his charges in Georgetown County in connection with the incident are pending, and said he would release additional details later. Lesley also said Blair didn’t reside at the home where the standoff happened.

“Mr. Blair didn’t live in this neighborhood,” Lesley said. “He was here at this house, but he’s not a resident of this neighborhood. This is a peaceful community.”

Neighbors on scene described the area as a calm place where police activity is not the norm.

“This is a quiet neighborhood. This just doesn’t happen here ...,” Bob Thompson said and stated he’s lived in the area for about six years. “It’s mostly nice professional people. ... It’s a fantastic neighborhood.”

Jason Lesley, public information officer with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office, talks about a standoff with a subject in a Murrells Inlet home. A SWAT team was on scene Wednesday afternoon, April 26, 2017.

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