CLAXTON—No one was injured, and Clinton police were able to encourage an Anderson County father to leave his home on Wednesday morning despite concerns about the welfare of his son. Authorities were concerned that the son, who is in his 30s, might be armed.
The Clinton Police Department received a 911 medical call on Lanes Bluff Road in Claxton at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.
But the son wouldn’t let the father leave, and he barricaded himself inside the home, Clinton Police Chief Rick Scarbrough said. And the father was hesitant to leave because of concerns about the welfare of his son, Scarbrough said.
Authorities were concerned that the son might be armed, and they set up a perimeter and established negotiations while the father was still in the house, Scarbrough said.
The chief said he was able to get the father to exit the home by encouraging him to come out through a 911 call. The scene was then turned over to the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department because Lanes Bluff Road, which runs between Blockhouse Valley Road and Ridgeview Drive, is just outside the Clinton city limits.
After the father exited, the son came out a few minutes later, Anderson County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Mark Lucas said. He said the son came out on his own, and it wasn’t clear where he had been in the house.
He said the ACSD swat team had been called, but that call was canceled.
Lucas said it wasn’t clear what kind of weapons were in the house or whether the son ever had any.
The father was taken by ambulance to a hospital, and the son was taken in a patrol car to the emergency room at Methodist Medical Center for a mental health evaluation, Lucas said.
He said there will probably not be any charges in the case.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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