After three hours of tense negotiations, Aiken County sheriff’s deputies have coaxed a troubled Warrenville man out of his home Tuesday in hopes of averting a threatened suicide.
The homeowner, whose name police have not released, has not been injured in the standoff, which began around 3:45 p.m. at 140 Barrett St. and left several neighboring blocks on lockdown and some residents either trapped or displaced from their houses on orders from SWAT officers.
“We’re still negotiating, but we have made some progress,” said Capt. Eric Abdullah, of the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office. “Our goal is take the suspect safely into custody and treat him appropriately after getting him a mental evaluation.”
Abdullah said police arrived four minutes after the suspect’s wife called 911 in reference to her husband arming himself with knives and threatening to commit suicide after the two had an argument. The nature of the dispute is not clear.
Abdullah said the suspect intially threatened to hurt anyone who tried to stop him from comitting suicide, but has since made his way onto his front porch, where he is communicating with deputies.
Abdullah said Aiken County firefighters and paramedics are on standby to help if needed.