Five-hour standoff ends in Fort Mill; no charges filed

Posted September 10, 2013 6:12 pm | Filed under Crime and Courts, Featured, Local News

A five-hour standoff at a home on the 100 block First Street in Fort Mill ended peacefully around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday.

York County Sheriff’s Deputies, a SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene around 12:30 p.m in response to a family dispute that York County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Trent Faris said escalated when investigators began to believe the man had a gun.

“We thought there may have been a weapon at the home with him,” Faris said. “When he barricaded himself in we lost a line of communication…and didn’t know if he was going to harm himself or someone else.”

The incident led the Fort Mill School District to caution bus drivers to avoid Harris Road, which intersects First Street at Riverview Presbyterian Church. Deputies also restricted access to the street to local traffic.

But the man, who was not identified, will not face any charges at this time, Faris said.

Faris could not confirm if drugs or alcohol played a role in Tuesday’s incident, but was pleased it ended peacefully.

“You don’t know what you’re heading into so that’s why we took all the precautions we needed to resolve something peacefully,” Faris said.

“Thankfully, today, that’s what happened.”