Deputies say Awendaw man, 56, threatened them with shotgun, 'booby trap'

Peter Condon McManus, 56, of Awendaw was arrested Monday on charges of making death threats and alleging that he set a "booby trap" for deputies.

A 56-year-old Awendaw man was arrested early Monday, and a bomb squad went to his home after he told authorities that he had set a trap for deputies responding to a fight between him and his wife, according to an incident report.

Peter Condon McManus of Doar Road remained jailed Monday afternoon on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature and threatening the life of a public official.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office responded to his home around 10:30 p.m. Sunday to a call that McManus had threatened to shoot his wife with a shotgun and had been ramming his pickup into his garage, the report stated.

Deputies said he refused to come out of the garage after they showed up at the home in an area southeast of U.S. Highway 17 and Steed Creek Road.

"If you come in here, I will kill you," he said, according to the report.

He also told a county dispatcher that he had a shotgun in his pickup and had "booby trapped" his property, the document stated.

McManus got into his Ford and revved its engine, but as he drove toward the road, the pickup hit tire-puncturing spikes that deputies had placed in the driveway, according to the report.

With its two right tires flattened, the pickup soon stopped on Doar Road. McManus got out with his hands up, and he was handcuffed, the deputies said.

His garage smelled like gasoline, so the deputies summoned the sheriff's bomb squad and Awendaw firefighters to the house, but the report does not say whether they found hazardous anything inside.

Jail records show that McManus had been arrested once before in Charleston County on misdemeanor charges of malicious damage to real property and public intoxication in May 2009.

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