SWAT arrests domestic violence suspect after four-hour standoff

Darrell Anthony Florez

JOHNS ISLAND — SWAT members ended a four-hour standoff early this morning when they charged into a mobile home and arrested a man accused of beating his live-in girlfriend.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies charged Darrell Anthony Florez, 40, of Edenborough Road with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, Maj. John Clark said.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies responded to reports of domestic violence and a suspect possibly having a gun at Florez's mobile home just before midnight Tuesday, according to an incident report.

The victim was taken to Medical University Hospital after she told deputies that her live-in boyfriend pushed her during an argument and then struck her in the mouth with a foot stool. He continued to push her around and held her down until she somehow managed to get up and run outside, the report said.

Two witnesses told deputies they approached the house but the suspect, who was on the front porch yelling, threatened to shoot them. They told deputies they heard what they thought was gunfire coming from the house, according to the report.

The suspect went back into the house before deputies arrived. Deputies used a PA system to tell the suspect to come out with his hands up. When he refused, deputies set up a road block and called for SWAT. Clark said they sent in a robot to clear the house and again ordered him to come out before sending SWAT in about 4 a.m.

The deputies found the suspect hiding in a closet. No shots were fired and no one was hurt, Clark said.

He said deputies did not find a gun in the house.