Berea standoff ends with man's hospitalization - FOX Carolina 21

Berea standoff ends with man's hospitalization

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Deputies surround a home near White Horse Road during a standoff. (July 12, 2012/iWitness Jennifer Colburn) Deputies surround a home near White Horse Road during a standoff. (July 12, 2012/iWitness Jennifer Colburn)

A standoff at a home in Berea on Thursday evening ended with both the 911 caller and his brother, a man he thought fired a gun, heading to the hospital.

The standoff happened at a home near the intersection of Farrs Bridge and White Horse roads.

Deputies say it was at about 5 p.m. that a man heard a pop that he said sounded like a gun shot. He ran next door to the Spinx gas station where the cashier called 911 for him.

Greenville Sheriff's spokeswoman Laura Campbell said that when deputies responded, they couldn't get in touch with anyone in the home. She said they later determined that there were other people in the house, including a young girl. That's when deputies called the SWAT team.

An hour and a half later, the man in question finally came outside peacefully.

Deputies said the man who was inside the home will not face charges since there was no gun found and he did not commit a crime.

The father of both the 911 caller and the man in question was in the house at the time, asleep. He said he would have woken up if there was gunfire, and he does not believe any gun was discharged.

Deputies said this was the best possible end scenario in a standoff situation because no one was hurt.

Campbell said the sheriff's office receives calls that do not turn into criminal activity every day.

"If he honestly believed he feared for his safety, what he heard frightened him enough to leave the home," said Campbell, "we're obviously going to take that very seriously and investigate that. So we always take that approach, proactive, conservative, taking everyone seriously. That's definitely the way we're going to go until we're proven otherwise, and in this case it was very fortunate that we were proven otherwise."

Deputies always want people to call if they have any concerns whatsoever of anything suspicious and let trained deputies investigate, even if no problems are found. 

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