Johns Island — A standoff ended peacefully Thursday morning when a 49-year-old man threatening suicide surrendered to officers.
A mobile crisis physician called police about 6 a.m. and said he spoke with a man who was threatening to commit suicide at a Staffwood Road home.
The man was armed, police spokesman Charles Francis said.
Officers evacuated nearby homes in the Staffordshire neighborhood and called in the department’s SWAT team, crisis negotiators, bomb squad and several Charleston County sheriff’s deputies.
The group operated from a nearby church off Maybank Highway.
Several neighbors watched from their homes as the scene developed.
Inez Edwards, who lives around the corner from the home, said she heard sirens in the area and assumed paramedics were tending to a sick person.
She said she knew her assumption was wrong when she walked up the street and saw police cars and yellow tape blocking the road.
Other neighbors were relieved to hear that the situation was resolved without the exchange of gunfire, and that no other individuals were in harm’s way.
“It sounds like he had some inner issues he had to work out within himself. He probably didn’t want to hurt anyone,” another neighbor said.
The situation ended shortly after 10 a.m.
Francis said the man was taken to Medical University Hospital for evaluation. No criminal charges have been filed, he said.
Reach Christina Elmore at 937-5908.
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