Update: Man bearing 'flame thrower' in custody

  • Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 12:29 p.m.
    UPDATED: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 7:26 p.m.
Authorities approach the subject's house on Jefferson Davis Highway.
Authorities approach the subject's house on Jefferson Davis Highway.

An Aiken man was detained after he confronted deputies with a "flame thrower" device when they attempted to serve him with probate papers Tuesday morning, according to the Aiken County Sheriff's Office.

The incident happened about 10:55 a.m. at a home on the 700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway, according to Sgt. Jason Feemster, a spokesman for the Sheriff's Office. Deputies went to the home to serve probate papers to the man living there, who didn't come to the door when deputies knocked.

"At that time, deputies decided it was best to breach the door to serve the papers," Feemster said. "When the door was breached … he used a flame-thrower-type device at the deputies."

The deputies then deployed a "less lethal beanbag round," which Feemster described as a beanbag that is deployed from the shotgun. The round struck the suspect in the leg and he retreated back into the home.

SWAT was called to the scene and team members deployed a chemical agent into the home, Feemster said. The suspect exited the home a few minutes later. Police closed a portion of the Aiken-Augusta Highway for about an hour-and-a-half from Greenville Road to the bypass during the incident.

No one else was in the home when the incident occurred, and Feemster said the suspect was treated by EMS at the scene and transported to a hospital "in reference to probate papers."

The suspect's name hasn't been released because it is a probate matter, Feemster said. He faces two counts of first-degree assault and battery. The deputies and SWAT team members responding to the scene were not injured.

"He was secured safely, so we're happy about that," Feemster said.

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