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Elgin Crime Report - July 5, 2019
Suicidal man who shot at officers safely taken into custody

Around 10:40 p.m. Sunday, emergency medical services (EMS) personnel, Elgin Police Department (EPD) officers and Kershaw County deputies responded to a home on Church Street to deal with a 61-year-old man with guns threatening to commit suicide.

EMS staged at the nearby Food Lion while officers and deputies made verbal contact with the man inside the home. The man yelled back that if officers came in, he would kill himself. At one point during the nearly 90-minute confrontation, the man fired a total of four rounds from an AR-15 rifle. He fired one of the rounds through a front window, close to where an officer was standing outside. The other rounds were fired into a door frame, hall closet and living room ceiling.

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Steve Knafelc successfully talked the man into surrendering to EPD Chief Harold Brown. He was transported to KershawHealth and, once released, further transported to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is being held on $75,000 bond for assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature.

Inside the home, officers reported finding the AR-15 rifle, a pistol grip 12-gauge shotgun and a .380 caliber revolver. Officers reported all four weapons were loaded. They also found the four spend AR-15 rounds and other random live rounds in the living room.

The EPD also reported the following recent incidents:

An EPD officer arrested 30-year-old Columbia woman on various charges after being dispatched to Food Lion on the evening of June 26. According to an EPD report, a witness said they saw the woman driving all over the roadway and even into oncoming traffic before parking at the store. The officer drove toward the front of the store entrance where the vehicle was parked and saw the Toyota “whip” out of a parking stall, causing another vehicle already backing out of a space to slam their brakes to avoid a collision. The officer followed the Toyota toward Pine Street, and saw that the woman used the entrance lane to exit the parking lot driving in the lane of oncoming traffic. She then jumped over to the correct lane and pulled off the side of the road on Pine Street. The officer stopped their patrol car behind the Toyota, got out but then realized it was rolling backward toward their patrol car. They immediately got back in the unit and tried to reverse to avoid a collision. Luckily, no contact was made. At this point, the officer began speaking with the woman and asked her to exit the vehicle. She appeared unsteady on her feet and had slurred speech, but the officer did not detect the odor of an alcoholic beverage. However, the officer did notice some type of white froth on her mouth. When the woman opened her glove box for her documentation, the officer saw a marijuana grinder and advised her they would conduct a sobriety test because she might be under the influence of marijuana and other drugs. The woman agreed to the tests, and failed them, leading to her arrest for DUI. The woman’s juvenile son had been in the car and arrangements were made to have her boyfriend take custody of him. In addition to the marijuana grinder, the officer found marijuana rolling paper, multiple prescriptions with warnings about impairments they could cause, and a pill bottle with additional pills that were not prescribed to either the woman or her son. The prescriptions included hydroxyzine, aripirazole, buspirone and guanfacine. The officer charged the woman with DUI, child endangerment and possession of drug paraphernalia.

EPD officers arrested 22-year-old Lugoff man on charges of possession of methamphetamine and marijuana as well as driving under suspension on June 28 after being spotted driving a Ford F-150 with an expired tag.

Elgin officers also dealt with recent incidents involving court order violation, liquor law violation, public disorderly conduct, and vehicle collision.

(EPD reports are provided under the S.C. Freedom of Information Act. Subjects are considered innocent until proven guilty.)