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Aiken man charged with attempted murder following Jehossee Drive hostage situation

September 22, 2018

Police have identified and charged the man they say shot at officers and held a woman hostage along Jehossee Drive in Aiken.

Demetrius Andrades, 41, is charged with three counts of attempted murder. The Aiken Department of Public Safety is the prosecuting agency, a spokesperson said.

Andrades, an Aiken man, was arrested late Friday night after allegedly walking down and shooting a gun along Jehossee Drive, shooting at police who responded, barricading himself inside a house and holding his grandmother against her will.

Andrades surrendered to police – who surrounded the house he was in – around 8:30 p.m. Andrades was later taken to the Aiken County detention center, where he remains as of Saturday afternoon, according to jail records.

Public Safety, the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, SLED, the ATF and specialty response teams were all on scene Friday night. Armored vehicles – the Sheriff’s Office MRAP and an upgraded humvee, for example – were deployed, as was a SLED communications robot.

SLED is continuing to investigate the Friday night events. Public Safety Lt. Jake Mahoney on Friday described the ordeal as an officer-involved shooting, which means the state agency gets involved.

The exchange of fire between Andrades and police Friday night marked the 28th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year, according to SLED. It’s the first involving Aiken.

In 2017, there were 49 officer-involved shootings in the state. None involved Aiken.

Andrades has been arrested a handful of times before: once in 1990, once in 2016, once in 2017 and once in February of this year, according to jail records.

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