Aiken man faces weapons charges
An Aiken man was detained on multiple firearms charges after he threatened three women with a rifle on Thursday, according to police.
Larry Daniel Smith, 64, of Union Street, was charged with three counts of pointing and presenting a firearm and one count each of disorderly conduct and failure to comply. He was placed in the Aiken County detention center, where he remained on Friday.
The incident happened at his home on Union Street about 9:15 p.m. on Thursday, according to a report.
Dispatch received an urgent call from a “hysterical” caller saying that there was a man in her house with a “machine gun,” according to the report. Officers arrived on scene and found out that three women had jumped out of the window to escape from the man.
Officers saw the man outside the home and ordered him to show his hands, to which he responded with profanity, according to the report. After an officer tried to kick Smith’s leg out, he approached the officer.
Another officer then deployed a Taser, however, Smith’s behavior changed “very little,” according to the report. The officer approached Smith and pressed the Taser against his back, causing Smith to fall. He was then detained.
Smith was heavily intoxicated and smelled heavily of alcohol, according to the report. Upon closer inspection, officers realized the Taser probes had become stuck in Smith’s clothing and never impacted his skin on the first attempt.
The female victims told officers Smith had been drinking throughout the day and was arguing with them about “random” topics. They reportedly tried to calm him down but he was “too unreasonable due to his level of intoxication.”
Smith went to the back of the home, retrieved a firearm and loaded it in front of the victims, according to the report. They retreated into a bedroom and locked the door.
Smith told the victims they had 10 minutes to come out or he would start shooting, according to the report. The victims then opened a window and jumped out.
Officers searched Smith after the incident and found a rifle bullet in his pants pocket, according to the report. They found a fully-loaded AK-47 with 23 rounds hidden under some leaves near a tree, the report stated. The gun was placed into evidence.
Smith has a criminal history dating back to 1971, “including crimes that make him a felon by statute,” according to the report.
Teddy Kulmala covers the crime beat for the Aiken Standard. He is a graduate of Clemson University and hails from Williston.