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Manhunt, shooting suspect denied bond

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Patrick Lowrance (Greenville County Sheriff's Office) Patrick Lowrance (Greenville County Sheriff's Office)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The man accused of shooting at two Greenville police officers and setting off a daylong manhunt had his first appearance before a county judge on Sunday.

Deputies said Patrick Lowrance, 25, of Duncan, was arrested Friday night at a home on Mooremont Avenue in Greenville county.

Deputies said after Lowrance was treated for a gunshot wound to the shoulder at Greenville Memorial, he was taken to the law enforcement center.

Lowrance was arraigned on Saturday for charges by the Greenville Police. He was charged with two counts of attempted murder and one count of a possession of a weapon while committing a crime. He was denied bond on those charges.

On Sunday, Lowrance was arraigned for charges stemming from an armed robbery at a Wendy's on Oct. 23.

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.

The judge also denied bond on the 10 county charges.

""Mr. Lowrance, based on the probable cause information that I've been given, I think it's pretty evident that you're probably a danger to the community," said Judge Michael O'Brien of the Greenville County Magistrate Court.

The chain of events that led to Lowrance's arrest began Friday morning during a Greenville Police officer's routine patrol for stolen license plates, according to Alia Urps with the Greenville Police. The officer was checking plates at the Comfort Inn on Laurens Road when a tag and vehicle did not match.

Police Chief Terri 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.

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 along with another officer providing backup.

Lowrance fled the scene, and that was when the massive manhunt began, Wilfong said. She said no one was hurt during the shooting.

A total of 10 schools in the search area were locked down until around school dismissal times on Friday when police confirmed that Lowrance had gotten away and was no longer in the area.

Friday night, Greenville County deputies arrested Lowrance peacefully at a home with his wife where he appeared to be waiting for law enforcement, according to deputies.

Chief Wilfong said the vehicle that prompted the chase, shooting and manhunt was originally taken in a carjacking in Spartanburg county.

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