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Newberry Co. Standoff Ends In Gunfire

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Newberry County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who fired at officers during a standoff early Wednesday morning. Newberry County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who fired at officers during a standoff early Wednesday morning.
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Newberry County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man who fired at officers during a standoff early Wednesday morning.

Deputies responded to a home on Chaplin Park Drive at 3:30 a.m. after a reports of a possible domestic situation. Once on scene, a woman told investigators her ex-boyfriend had broken into her home and was demanding they reconcile. Police reports indicate the man, identified as 48-year-old Morris Ray Peters of Winnsboro, was on a No Trespass Notice.

The Sheriff's Office says Peters was threatening to commit suicide with a .22 caliber rifle. A standoff began, and a Critical Incident Response team was dispatched to the scene. They continued negotiations with Peters for about 2.5 hours. During that time, they say he became increasingly hostile toward deputies at the scene.

At one point, officers were able to use a Taser on Peters. However, when they tried to approach and subdue him, he fired off one shot at the officers. A ballistic shield protected officers, who were able to take Peters into custody after a brief struggle.

"Only by the grace of God were none of the officers or the suspect injured or killed, said Sheriff Lee 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."

Peters is now charged with Burglary and 3 counts of Attempted Murder for the shot fired at the officers. No bond hearing has been scheduled.

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