Man accused of firing at deputies during early-morning standoff
NEWBERRY COUNTY, SC (WIS) - Nobody was injured when Newberry County Sheriff's deputies say a man fired at them during a standoff early Wednesday morning.
Deputies were called to a home in the 100 block of Chaplin Park Drive at about 3:30 Wednesday morning after receiving a call from the mother of the woman who lives in the home. The mother said her daughter called her and she could tell there was something wrong by the sound of her daughter's voice, so she asked officers to check on the house.
Sheriff Lee Foster says when deputies arrived, the victim met them at the door and they escorted her safely outside. The woman told deputies her ex-boyfriend, 48-year-old Morris Ray Peters of Winnsboro, was not supposed to be at the home. She told investigators Peters had broken into the house and was waiting inside when she got home from work, demanding they get back together.
Deputies went inside the house and found Peters with a .22 rifle pointed at himself and threatening to commit suicide.
During the 2 1/2 hours of negotiations, deputies got Peters to remove the gun from his chin, but not surrender it. As they continued to negotiate, Foster says Peters grew increasingly hostile toward himself and the officers.
Because Critical Incident Response officers could not get into a position to use a Taser on Peters, they shot him with a bean bag gun and officers tried to subdue him. As he regained his balance, Foster says Peters shot at officers, but the bullet deflected off ballistic shields they were carrying.
After a brief struggle, Peters was taken into custody.
Nobody was injured.
“Only by the grace of God were none of the officers or the suspect injured or killed, says Foster. “I simply cannot say enough about the heroic actions of the deputies and investigators who handled this incident. They are to be commended for their actions and am so thankful that all returned home safely to their families.”
The victim told investigators there was a history of domestic problems in their relationship that led her to file a no trespass notice against Peters. In September, Newberry County deputies were called to escort him to the home to remove his belongings.
Peters is charged with burglary and three counts of attempted murder. A bond hearing has not been scheduled.
Sheriff Foster says responding to domestic disputes are some of the most dangerous situations law enforcement officers can face. He also pointed to the specialty equipment needed to handle such situations and said, “This could have had a significantly different outcome if not for the CIRT team, the less than lethal weapon, and the ballistic shield.”
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