HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WBTW) — A man who barricaded himself inside a Carolina Forest home on Saturday was found dead inside the residence after it caught fire early Sunday morning, a SLED official said.
Authorities have not released the man’s name.
It’s unclear how the fire started, but Ryan Alphin, a spokesman for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Divison, said agents have started an arson investigation. The home and two nearby buildings were damaged during the fire, which broke out just before midnight, authorities said.
The incident began before 1 p.m. Saturday when Horry County police responded to Redleaf Rose Drive in the Clear Pond neighborhood of Carolina Forest. However, police did not confirm that it was a barricade situation until early Saturday evening. It’s unclear what led to the incident.
People were asked to avoid the area early Saturday, and nearby residents were evacuated amid a large police presence in the area during the day.
The standoff and negotiations with the man continued throughout the day and into the night on Saturday amid what police later called “a complete and evolving situation.”
During that time, “the subject fired multiple rounds, including shooting at and destroying SLED equipment,” Alphin said. “SLED has no information that any law enforcement officer fired any rounds during the incident. “
Community members were allowed to return to their homes about 1:30 a.m. Sunday as public safety vehicles cleared the roadways.
Police thanked the community for its patience, noting in a Facebook post Sunday afternoon that several residents helped out by allowing officers into their homes and yards and offering food and water to the first responders.
“Agency staff weren’t the only helpers to be found though — countless community members offered what assistance and resources they could,” the post said. “Officers continue to share stories of appreciation, sharing about neighbors who offered food and water as the day went on, and hats and gloves as temperatures dropped. Several homeowners even provided entry to their homes and yards so personnel could better access the scene and subject. “
Officials said it is standard procedure for the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to investigate incidents of this nature. No other information was immediately available.
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