Man in custody after SWAT unit sent to Pepperidge subdivision

An afternoon standoff between a local man and the Richmond County Sheriff’s SWAT team ended when he was talked out of his home peacefully by a friend.

Lorenzo Cunningham, 55, of 3410 Danvers Avenue, was charged with terroristic threats and acts, simple battery and simple assault stemming from the 3 1/2-hour standoff, Richmond County Sheriff’s Lt. Scott Peebles said.

The incident began with a Monday argument between the suspect and his wife, authorities said. She returned with deputies to retrieve some of her belongings from the home this morning about 10:30 a.m. when he threatened to shoot the deputies if they entered the house, Lt. Peebles said.

“When they show up and she’s with them that’s when he refused entry to the house, tells the deputes he’s going to shoot them, then barricades himself in the house,” Lt. Peebles said.

Police were able to get Mr. Cunningham’s friend, who is himself in law enforcement, to talk the suspect into leaving the home peacefully.

The suspect had a gun in the home but no one saw him actually wielding it, Lt. Peebles said. An elderly relative of Mr. Cunningham’s was in the home during the standoff.

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