A 24-year-old armed man, who barricaded himself in a Longs home and was engaged in a nearly 17-hour standoff with multiple police agencies, will not face criminal charges in connection with the incident, according to police.
“Due to the nature of this incident and the medical condition of the subject, criminal charges will not be presented at this time,” said Krystal Dotson, Horry County police spokeswoman in an email Friday morning.
Dotson said the man’s name is being withheld because the call was medical, not criminal.
The incident started with a call for service about 12:30 a.m. Tuesday in reference to a suicidal man at a home on Palmetto Green Drive. Arriving officers found the Longs man barricaded inside a bedroom with a gun, police said.
“Immediately, the negotiation team was requested and upon arrival began setting up a perimeter. Officers were able to make contact with the subject in attempt to have him surrender,” said Dotson.
Officers on scene were informed by dispatch the man had four arrest warrants with HCPD, according to a police report. Dotson said at the scene on Tuesday the man’s warrants involved drug-related charges. Multiple agencies were out in force at the incident, including the Horry County police, HCPD SWAT team, Myrtle Beach Police Department negotiation team, and FBI.
Curious residents, who said their neighborhood is typically quiet, gathered in driveways and stared down the street lined with police cars and grew weary as the hours kept going.
The man’s sister came to the scene about 2 p.m. and attempted to talk him into surrendering. Then, as the standoff stretched into nearly 17 hours, law enforcement decided to use chemical agent to bring the man out, and within minutes of it being deployed, the man surrendered to police. He was taken to a local hospital for examination, police said.
No one, including the man, was injured during the entire incident, police said.