ABBEVILLE, SC (WSPA) – A suspect is in custody after a standoff and hostage situation in Abbeville, Wednesday evening.
According to the Abbeville Police Department, 19-year-old William Abercrombie is charged with Criminal Domestic Violence of a High and Aggravated Nature, two counts of Kidnapping, Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, and Resisting Arrest.
Abercrombie was taken into custody after a standoff lasting several hours, police said.
Police said the suspect surrendered after officers fired tear gas
Agencies from Greenwood County, Anderson County, and Abbeville County all responded to the Sawmill Acres neighborhood off of Highway 72 at about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Police said a victim reported that she assaulted by her boyfriend and threatened with a firearm.
Police say the suspect retreated to the home and would not cooperate with officers.
“I told him they said it was a domestic violence so it wasn’t that bad. Just come on out,” said an uncle of the suspect’s, Demond Dawson.
Officers told us two children under the age of 5 were in the residence and could not leave. They were later released just under three hours after the standoff began.
The children belonged to the suspect’s sister and were unharmed.
Homes and some businesses in the area were evacuated as police worked to get the armed suspect to surrender, according to police.
About 50 law enforcement officers were at the scene.
As for the future of this family, Dawson said he’s sticking by his nephew.
“We going to stand behind him 100%. We’re going to see what the charges are and we are going to get him a lawyer and go from there,” said Dawson.
Abercrombie is being booked into the Abbeville County Detention Center.
Greenwood County SWAT and Anderson County SWAT teams also responded to the scene to assist.