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Standoff with armed suspect has I-26 near I-77 at a standstill and backed up for miles, SWAT team on

Cayce, SC 1:37 p.m. 03/28/18 (Paul Kirby) – An armed subject who led law enforcement officers on a multi-county highspeed chase is now holed up in his disabled vehicle on I-26 near the I-77 and Charleston Highway interchanges and has refused to surrender to officers. He has been speaking with negotiators by cell phone for several hours as traffic in the east bound lanes of I-26 has backed up for miles. A tactical team (SWAT) is on the scene and is available should the situation turn violent.

Because of the dangers associated with this situation, westbound (Chapin / Greenville) traffic on I-26 is being diverted onto I-77 north. Eastbound (Charleston) traffic on I-26 is being diverted onto Airport Boulevard (Hwy 302) as well. Many of the roads that cross the interstate in the area close to the standoff are also closed.

According to the sheriff’s department’s staff, the suspect initiated a pursuit this morning in southern Lexington County. He traveled west on I-26 into Columbia before doubling back into Lexington County on I-26 traveling east. The sheriff’s spokesman says he was finally stopped on the eastbound side and is still inside his car after several hours. They have confirmed that he is armed. Deputies say that the man was originally wanted on a warrant for failure to appear in General Sessions court. Those original charges included unlawful carry of a pistol, possession of a weapon by convicted felon, and failure to stop for blue lights.

The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is receiving cooperation from a number of other agencies like the SC Highway Patrol and Lexington County EMS. Representatives of the sheriff’s department and the SC State Troopers are currently enroute to the BB&T at Charleston Highway and Old Dunbar Road to update the media on the status of the situation at this point. We will update you as soon as we learn more regarding the outcome of this situation.

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