Originally created 11/13/97

Police don't think Frazier involved in standoff



AIKEN -- Police aren't certain exactly what role Lamont Frazier played in a standoff with officers, but they don't think he was actively involved.

The incident began at 9 p.m. Tuesday when two Aiken Public Safety officers went to the residence of Shawn Moore, 20, of the 300 block of Union Street, to arrest him on a charge of criminal domestic violence.

The officers outdoors could see Mr. Moore and Mr. Frazier inside the house, but no one responded to the door, said Capt. Tom Galardi of the Aiken Public Safety Department.

When one of the men in the house picked up a gun, the officers called for backup. Someone in the house turned off the lights.

"We didn't have any warrants on Mr. Frazier," Capt. Galardi said Wednesday. Mr. Frazier wasn't a hostage, but he wasn't necessarily an accomplice either, he said.

"He didn't actively do anything," Capt. Galardi said.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office and South Carolina's State Law Enforcement Division responded to the call for backup. Aiken Public Safety's Special Response Team and two trained negotiators also arrived. About 25 police officers arrived and houses on either side of Mr. Moore were evacuated.

The negotiators talked to the men in the house and at 11:30 p.m., the lights flicked on and the men surrendered to police.

Mr. Moore was charged with criminal domestic violence was jailed Wednesday at the Aiken County Detention Center. Mr. Frazier was not charged.