8-hour standoff in Walhalla ends with arrest - FOX Carolina 21

8-hour standoff in Walhalla ends with arrest

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Cruisers from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office are parked at the scene of a standoff. (April 27, 2012/FOX Carolina) Cruisers from the Oconee County Sheriff's Office are parked at the scene of a standoff. (April 27, 2012/FOX Carolina)
WALHALLA, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Oconee County deputies say an eight-hour standoff has come to an end in Walhalla with the suspect turning himself over to authorities.

Deputies say they responded to a domestic dispute just before 8 p.m. Thursday on Laurel Hill Drive. An occupant of the house, James Pyles, was reported to be in the possession of a firearm, and had fired shots at his wife inside the home. Deputies say the victim had left the residence unharmed before they arrived on scene.

Responding deputies attempted to make contact with the suspect without success, and the Oconee County Sheriff's Office SWAT team was assembled to help secure the location.

Neighbors within half a mile of the scene said they were asked to evacuate the area for their own safety. 

Pyles fired a gun numerous times from inside his home, in the direction of deputies who were securing the perimeter, according to the Sheriff's office.

After attempts at communication with Pyles failed, deputies say they asked for assistance from the Anderson County Sheriff's office in the form of an armored vehicle and other equipment.

Pyle left his residence and was taken into custody shortly after without further incident, deputies say.
No officers or suspects were injured during the standoff, which lasted almost eight hours.
"Our officers exhibited excellent decision-making skills and patience in dealing with this situation," said Chief Deputy Terry Wilson. "We are proud of their professionalism and dedication to their jobs. Good, sound judgment from all Sheriff's Office personnel resulted in tonight's volatile situation ending without anyone being hurt."
James Pyles is charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature. He is being held at the Oconee County Detention Center. Investigators say they have not ruled out the possibility of additional charges.
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