Authorities say 24-year-old Dean Arte Lampkin Jr. is considered armed and dangerous and still on the run in Moncks Corner.
What started with a routine traffic stop escalated into Mocks Corner Police and SWAT teams believing they had Lampkin Jr. cornered in a duplex at the St. Francis Villa off Old Highway 52.
After a five-hour wait, SWAT teams shot two canisters of tear gas into the residence to try to get force the suspect out. Authorities then forced themselves into the the home, but the suspect was nowhere to be found.
According to police, Lampkin Jr. got the jump on them as the green Honda he was driving was being pulled over. Bowen says before the stop was made, Lampkin Jr. jumped out of the car while it was moving and started running into the woods.
Bowen says the suspect was carrying two guns as he entered the woods. Both weapons were found shortly after by the K-9 unit called on scene. Police dogs and the license plate of the car Lampkin Jr. was driving led authorities to Villa 141 in the complex.
"We do know he's from up north in Berkeley County," said Lt. Wendell Bowen. "With the help of the Berkeley County Sheriff's Department we're going through here door-to-door seeing if anybody can give us anymore information."
Authorities say Lampkin Jr. should still be considered armed and dangerous. If you have any information on his whereabouts please call CrimeStoppers at 554-1111.
Police say he will most likely be charged for traffic violations, failure to stop for an officer and possession of a stolen weapon. Other charges could be added
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