Standoff ends in arrest: Mount Pleasant police say man struck girlfriend

Michael Harris

MOUNT PLEASANT -- A man threatening suicide barricaded himself inside his apartment for three hours after police say he hit his girlfriend and held a gun to her face.

Town police officers responded to a 911 hang-up at 1307 Coastal Marsh Road about 9 p.m. Sunday. As officers responded, a woman told dispatchers that she escaped from her boyfriend who was still inside their apartment with a handgun, according to an incident report released Monday.

Here is what the report says happened:

The 42-year-old woman said she and the suspect spent the day out on a boat but when they returned he quickly chugged two beers and punched her in the face several times. He placed a gun to her face and told her he would "blow her brains out."

She got away from the man and called 911. He then took the cell phone from her and threw it in the trash can.

Police noticed the woman had a lot of swelling to her face. She told officers that the behavior was unusual for him but he had tried to commit suicide with pills in the past.

Officers surrounded the apartment and made contact with the suspect, who became increasingly uncooperative and blocked himself inside the apartment. SWAT officers soon relieved the patrol officers. A friend of the suspect told officers that the suspect would not come out because he has a police scanner that he listens to regularly and could hear the officers talking. SWAT members evacuated the residents in the building.

The suspect came out without incident about 12:30 a.m.

Police charged Michael Harris, 52, of Coastal Marsh Road with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

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