Suspect in custody, K9 injured after Greenville Co. standoff on Gunter Rd.

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UPDATE: A suspect is in custody after a standoff in Greenville County on Wednesday night.

According to Greenville County Sheriff’s Office, a man fired three rounds at his mother on Gunter Rd. Deputies say she ran to a neighbor’s home and the SWAT team responded at about 8:30 p.m.

A sheriff’s office K9 was sent into a residence with an entry team. The K9 bit the suspect and the suspect shot the K9, according to the sheriff’s office.

The K9 was transported to the vet in a patrol vehicle and is doing well. He has a shattered femur and gunshot wound above his eye.

Greenville County Sheriff’s Office K-9 Nikos is 4 years old and has been in service 3 years. He is currently undergoing treatment for his injuries, which are described as significant but he is expected to recover, the sheriff’s office said.

“The resiliency of Nikos in these early stages of this incident has been incredible and we are certainly pulling for him as he begins the process for recovery. I cannot say enough about Upstate Vet Emergency + Specialty Care and their professional staff,” Sheriff Hobart Lewis said. “The treatment, care and urgency that they have displayed for our buddy Nikos, I truly cannot put into words but I am just thankful…thankful to have professionals in our community like them who work hand in hand with our first responders.”

Niko’s handler is okay, deputies said.

Deputies also sent robots to monitor the suspect. They deployed gas and less lethal options, according to the sheriff’s office.

The standoff ended at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday. 44-year-old Anthony Shay Hawthorne has been arrested for Attempted Murder, Possession of a Weapon during a Violent Crime and Cruelty to a Police Dog.

Hawthorne was transported to the hospital for treatment of his dog bite injuries and will remain there until released to the Greenville County Detention Center. We’ll continue to update this story.


GREENVILLE CO., SC (WSPA) – Deputies are at the scene of a reported shooting and apparent standoff Wednesday evening on Gunter Road in Greenville County.

According to dispatchers, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene shortly after 7:00pm for a report of a shooting.

A 7News crew at the scene reported hearing numerous gunshots at the scene.

SWAT teams were also seen at the location on Gunter Road.

There’s no word yet on injuries.

We will update this story as more information becomes available.

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