Patrick Lowrance of Duncan, SC. (Spartanburg County Detention Center)
The family of Patrick Lowrance speaks with FOX Carolina and ask him to turn himself into authorities. (Oct. 28, 2011/FOX Carolina)
Police have assault rifles with them as the conduct a search for a man who they say fired shots at an officer. (Oct. 28, 2011/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Greenville County Deputies said that the suspect wanted in connection with a shooting and manhunt is now in behind bars.
Patrick Dean Lowrance, 25 of Duncan, was taken peacefully at Mooremont Avenue in Greenville county, and hospitalized for a gunshot wound to the left shoulder. He stayed overnight on Friday, and has been taken into custody at Greenville County Detention Center. He will face a bond judge Sunday morning.
Lieutenant Tim Ridgeway said that they got a tip Lowrance in a house at 105 Mooremont Avenue. When deputies arrived, his wife was there and he appeared to be waiting for deputies.
Greenville Police Chief Terri Wilfong identified the suspect of Friday's manhunt that prompted the lockdown of 10 schools. Deputies said the suspect is connected to a previous carjacking and armed robbery.
Wilfong said the suspect was Lowrance earlier Friday. She said there are previous arrest warrants out for Lowrance from Greenville County for kidnapping, attempted murder, robbery and possession of a firearm charges.
Greenville County Schools said a lock down prompted by a search for a man who police said fired shots at a police officer Friday have been lifted.
FOX Carolina's Adrian Acosta spoke with Lowrance's family who said they were cooperating with law enforcement to every extent possible.
Lowrance's mother Verbina Creamer said she has not seen her son since Tuesday and last spoke with him via text message on Wednesday.
"Patrick, wherever you are, please turn yourself in," said Creamer. "If you are hurt, you need medical attention. Do know your family loves you and want you to do the right thing."
Following Lowrance's arrest, his family released this statement to FOX Carolina:
"We are glad Patrick is safe. We are also glad he listened to his family and agreed to turn himself in to the authorities."
Stolen tag leads to shooting, manhunt
According to Greenville Police Public Information Officer Alia Urps, an officer was completing a routine tag check in the parking lot off of the Comfort Inn at 2756 Laurens Road around 9 a.m. when she saw a GMC Yukon SUV with a tag registered to a Honda Accord.
Wilfong said the officer went into the manager's office to see who the car belonged to. While in the office, the officer saw the suspect get into the car.
Urps said the officer followed the car, beginning chase to initiate a traffic stop, but the vehicle would not stop. The chase was ended because it was a simple traffic violation. The vehicle got off on the Mauldin Road exit of Interstate 85 towards Mauldin.
The officer alerted other officers of the vehicle description, who began searching for the vehicle in residential and apartment complex areas, according to Urps.
Urps said that a female officer then spotted the same car around 9:30 a.m. at Berkeley Pointe Apartment complex off of Mauldin Road. The officer proceeded to search the breezeway near where the car was parked, when someone exited the stairwell and started firing shots at the officer. She said the officer took cover and returned fire.
Lowrance fled the scene, and that was when the massive manhunt began, Wilfong said. She said no one was hurt during the shooting.
Wilfong urged anyone who notices anything suspicious in the area to call 911 immediately. She said a reverse-911 call was placed to the area affected by the manhunt to notify residents of the search.
Wilfong said they searched a heavily wooded area near the old Hitatchi plant along Mauldin Road. She said there are plenty of places for someone to hide, so it is taking officers a while to complete the search.
Greenville County deputies said they are assisting in the search. Wilfong said two deputies were injured when a search dog bit them, but their injuries were not serious.
Wilfong said that the K-9 units did their jobs, tracking the Lowrance's trail until he left the wooded area. She said they believed someone helped him get away in a vehicle.
Wilfong asks anyone with information to contact law enforcement because Lowrance is considered armed and dangerous.
The original suspect description was a black male, between 30 and 35 years old, wearing gray pants and a gray shirt. He has long hair pulled back into a ponytail. The man was believed to be armed.
Spartanburg county carjacking suspect
Wilfong said the stolen tag and vehicle that prompted the chase was taken in a carjacking in Spartanburg county.
According to a Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office deputy report, the suspect approached two victims at the Micro Tell Inn in Duncan on Oct. 9 and stole their 2006 gray Denali SUV.
The report said the suspect was carrying a tech-9 gun and was wearing all black and a black mask. The victim told FOX Carolina that he also stole $5,000 in cash and jewelry.
Greenville county armed robbery suspect
The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said that Lowrance was also the suspect in an armed robbery on Oct. 23.
According to deputies, Lowrance entered the Wendy's on 30 Henrydale Avenue a little before 11:30 p.m., made three victims get down on the floor and demanded to know where the safe was kept and who had the combination.
Deputies said Lowrance made the victims leave the business, and approached the manager who had the combination. The manager tried to drive away and Lowrance fired several rounds towards her vehicle.
According to Sgt. Matthew Armstrong, Lowrance demanded the three re-enter the restaurant, but they could not because the door was locked. He fired shots at them but they were able to flee on foot uninjured.
The manager and three victims were able to get away unharmed and nothing was stolen in the incident, according Armstrong.
Lowrance was charged with one count of attempted armed robbery, one count of possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, four counts of attempted murder, three counts of kidnapping, and one count of criminal conspiracy on Oct. 27.
Deputies said that Lowrance is approximately 5-feet, 8-eight inches tall and weighs 160 pounds.
Manhunt prompts lockdowns
Officials with Greenville County Schools sent a message was sent to parents with students affected by the manhunt (click here to read the message).
Afternoon, evening classes and events at Greenville Technical College's Barton Campus were canceled because of the search. The college said it was still under a lock down.
Virginia College said its campus was released from lock down.
The Patrick Center, a special needs facility run by the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board, was also released from lock down.
Mauldin Christian Academy said it released students to parents only after they were identified at the door.
Stay with FOX Carolina and foxcarolina.com for the latest on this developing story.
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