SWAT officers ended a three-hour standoff Saturday night in Mount Pleasant when they used non-lethal measures to take down a suicidal man, according to police documents.
The 45-year-old resident of Joyce Street was taken to East Cooper Hospital after the ordeal. He was not immediately charged with a crime, so The Post and Courier has not identified him.
A relative first called the Mount Pleasant Police Department to his home just south of Shem Creek around 4:50 p.m. Saturday, alleging that the man was assaulting his wife.
Officers arrived and saw him breaking furniture and yelling at her, they said in an incident report.
The police pulled the woman out of the house, and she told them that the man was depressed, might be off his medication, could be drunk and had made threats to kill himself, the document stated. His threats of suicide had prompted their argument Saturday, she said.
With a SWAT team in place, officers for three hours urged the man to come out, but he stayed inside. Police spokesman Inspector Chip Googe said SWAT team members later went inside and "subdued" the man with a bean bag round fired from a shotgun. The round is designed to temporarily immobilize someone without long-term trauma.
The man was evaluated at the hospital and taken into involuntary protective custody.
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