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Standoff ends in North Augusta

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Officers with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety are continuing to investigate domestic disturbance allegations that led to a standoff late Tuesday night.

According to Lt. Tim Pearson of the North Augusta Department of Public Safety, DPS officers responded to a call around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday about a domestic disturbance  at 904 North Augusta Gardens, an apartment complex off Hugh Street near Georgia Avenue. When officers arrived, they were told a man waving a pistol ran into an apartment with  five young children inside.

Officers established a perimeter around the building and evacuated the apartment buildings to the left and right of the apartment. In addition to North Augusta officers, North Augusta SWAT arrived on the scene. Aiken County deputies and Aiken County SWAT were also dispatched in support of the operation.

A negotiator began communicating with the occupants over a loudspeaker, and shortly after 1:30 a.m. four of the children exited the apartment. The fifth child, a 2-year-old boy, remained inside.

Shortly after the four children were released, officers and SWAT team members entered the apartment. The fifth child was located, but the suspect was not found.

The children involved, four boys, ages 2, 5, 9 and 11, and one girl, age 10, were not harmed in the incident.

Authorities are still looking for the suspect, James Thomas, 26, in connection with the standoff and earlier reports of a domestic disturbance. Thomas is described as a black male, 6-feet 3 inches tall weighing 248 pounds.

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BuzzGT
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BuzzGT 09/22/10 - 04:01 am
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Let me get this

Let me get this right.....with all the law enforcement that was aroung the apartment.......swat........etc.......they let the guy escape.......lol.......NOW THATS FUNNY......and i did not know i lived in MAYBERRY........

Harrisburg Homeowner
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Harrisburg Homeowner 09/22/10 - 05:01 am
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The man may have already been

The man may have already been gone, with the threat to the family that he would come back and kill them if they did not give him time to get away....

johnston.cliff
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johnston.cliff 09/22/10 - 06:12 am
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It's easy to criticize when

It's easy to criticize when you're not involved or properly informed. The hostage children were released unharmed from a domestic violence standoff involving a gun. Sounds pretty successful to me.

airbud7
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airbud7 09/22/10 - 06:18 am
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yea Buzz that is funny stuff,

yea Buzz that is funny stuff, maybe they should have knocked on the door first

SC88fan
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SC88fan 09/22/10 - 07:32 am
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Yes Cliiff....you said

Yes Cliiff....you said it...easy to criticize, etc when they are not directly involved/informed. I agree the children were released ok so that is a success!

bettyboop
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bettyboop 09/22/10 - 08:13 am
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Unharmed children ....sounds

Unharmed children ....sounds like success to me.....buzz you could have done better?...I very much doubt it...

Georgiais1
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Georgiais1 09/22/10 - 08:38 am
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The first thing you should do

The first thing you should do is cover all exits. No way this guy should have escaped. Good the children were unharmed, bad that they let the perp get away. Bad police work on this one.

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InChristLove 09/22/10 - 09:10 am
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The main goal was to get the

The main goal was to get the children out of the apartment safely and the police accomplished that goal. As for the suspect, they have his name and know who he is.....his time is limited, he will be caught. In my view, Georgiais1, this was not bad police work. Anytime a mission is accomplished without someone getting shot or killed is great.

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peonynut 09/22/10 - 09:28 am
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First of all the information

First of all the information received could have been incorrect. Secondly, from the time they got the call to time of arrival the "perp" as you so television refer to him, could have left. Better to be safe than end up with 5 dead children. Next time they have a situation like this I'll suggest they call all of you untrained Monday morning quarterbacks to do the job.

themaninthemirror
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themaninthemirror 09/22/10 - 10:02 am
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The important thing is the

The important thing is the children are safe and unharmed.

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Loisin70 09/22/10 - 11:36 am
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man what the heck where you

man what the heck where you thinking taking kids @ this point. GLad to hear they are safe in gods arms . I pray for the family of this matter. and for you mr. THOMAS , surender now. or else the more you will have to face. not only the law but GOd, I hope you have the right answer. where is a pic of this guy anyways, I think the public should knwo , so we can protect our families and and turn this guy in for justice.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/22/10 - 12:59 pm
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peonynutnut, my first thought

peonynutnut, my first thought was maybe the perp left before the police arrived but if you re-read the article "A negotiator began communicating with the occupants over a loudspeaker, and shortly after 1:30 a.m. four of the children exited the apartment. The fifth child, a 2-year-old boy, remained inside."

Now it says occupants so the police could have been talking with the children but then the question comes to mind, if the perp was already gone, then why did the first 4 children who came outside, leave the 2 year old boy inside?

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Newsreader 09/22/10 - 01:05 pm
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Maybe we do not have all of

Maybe we do not have all of the information in this article. Main thing is that the children are safe. Lets do everything possible to keep them safe. However, before calling all backup and support, could NAPS not went to the door and made contact with someone inside? Could they not determined if the gun toting suspect was inside? Did anyone try and verify the children were not already injured and the need for a quicker entry necessary? I am not saying that NAPS was wrong in their response, just thinking maybe the simple approach could have answered many questions. Can you imagine how freightened the children were with the police hollering at them through the loudspeaker, and not knowing if the suspect was still in the apartment? I am sure that the children would have come to the door or called 911 if they were not so freightened. Maybe Law Enforcement should try logic and respect, instead of expecting the worst. Be prepared for the worst, but expect the best. Prayers for the children, that they do not have to relive this incident or a similiar one. Prayers for their family, that they will cherish the gifts they have and protect them from people who would do them harm. Prayers for Law Enforcement, because it is a lot easier to "Monday Morning Quarterback" then it is to suit up and head into the battle. It is easier to type than to protect and serve.

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Getsum43 09/22/10 - 02:08 pm
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The problem here is NAPS as

The problem here is NAPS as usual. Some things never change. They are a bunch of cowboys with their toys over there. The new "SWAT" team was just looking for an excuse to play with their new toys and that is all it boils down to. Serious North Augusta needs a SWAT team?? You have got to be kidding me. Now when you get stopped for running a red light these clowns will sick their dogs and wanna be SWAT boys on you. They have all the expensive toys in the world and do not have a clue what to do with them. This incident is your proof. Glad I am on the other side of the river from these yahoos. What a bunch of clowns. Solve A crime for once for crying out loud and quit trying to act like big City cops. YOUR NOT!!

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Sweet son 09/22/10 - 02:16 pm
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Getsum43, but you gotta know

Getsum43, but you gotta know that the NA Police were looking good when they failed.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/22/10 - 02:58 pm
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Getsum43, you make a lot of

Getsum43, you make a lot of accusations and give a lot of advice on what these officers did wrong on no more information than what is listed in this article? The article said they were reporting to a domestic disturbance at this location. When the officers got there, they were told a man waving a pistol ran into an apartment with five young children inside.

Officers are trained and would not just walk up to the door in a hostage situation and knock, waiting for someone to answer the door. This is a good way for the hostages to get shot or themselves for that matter. People who have had no experience in law enforcement have no idea what it's like out there. Too much TV I suppose.

Sounds like someone has had a run in with either the NA police or SWAT and not in a good way..............

Getsum43
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Getsum43 09/22/10 - 04:02 pm
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InChristLove - Nope...no run

InChristLove - Nope...no run ins...just read and observe the obvious. Nice try to distract though.

InChristLove
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InChristLove 09/22/10 - 04:13 pm
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No distract here Getsum43,

No distract here Getsum43, just stating an opinion......just don't know how you can observe unless you were there. Reading is fine but this article left out a lot of facts, and to make an accussation "this incident is proof" is made on opinion and not observation.

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Getsum43 09/22/10 - 04:24 pm
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Been observing them for

Been observing them for years...same ole story and excuses.

Indigo
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Indigo 09/23/10 - 08:08 am
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This is what happens when all

This is what happens when all your law enforcement experience is limited to LET ME SEE YOUR LICENSE AND REGISTRATION PLEASE.

Getsum43
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Getsum43 09/23/10 - 09:25 am
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LiveAndLetLive...When YOU

LiveAndLetLive...When YOU have worked there and experienced it first hand as I then you can question my sense. Until then....zip it.

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