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Florence County SWAT team and crisis negotiators defuse suicide threat

February 12, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – The SWAT team and crisis negotiators with the Florence County Sheriff’s Office worked for nearly two hours Friday afternoon to stop a man from committing suicide.

The incident started at 2:45 p.m. when Florence County Sheriff’s deputies received a call regarding a subject who was threatening to commit suicide in his residence on Springbranch Road in west Florence, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

According to deputies, the subject admitted that he had a firearm in his immediate possession and that if law enforcement approached, he would point the weapon at them, forcing law enforcement to kill him.

The first deputies to arrive at the scene located the subject in a vehicle outside the residence, but the subject later left the vehicle and entered the residence. At some point, a female entered the residence briefly but left shortly thereafter.

It was then confirmed that the subject was alone in the residence and barricaded in a particular room, according to the news release.

The SWAT team and specially trained crisis negotiators were dispatched to the scene and a perimeter was established. Negotiators in direct communication with the subject via telephone were able to de-escalate the situation and convinced the subject to surrender.

The incident lasted approximately one hour and 45 minutes. The subject was secured and taken by EMS to an area hospital for evaluation and treatment. No one was injured during the standoff, and no criminal charges are anticipated at this time.

“This is a great example of how our deputies are specially trained to de-escalate crisis situations with people in distress,” Sheriff Kenney Boone said in the news release. “Congratulations team, on a job well done.”

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