ORANGEBURG COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A U.S. Marshals-involved standoff in Holly Hill ended Thursday night when a wanted sex offender shot himself, authorities say.
According to the U.S. Marshals Office, agents were attempting to serve a warrant at home on Pecan Drive, just off Bunch Ford Road.
Authorities say the suspect, 44-year-old John Henry Mauldin, shot himself and had to be taken to the hospital. He is expected to survive.
U.S. Marshals say Mauldin was wanted out of Greenville County for a warrant issued on March 15 for failure to register as a sex offender and the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services for a probation violation warrant issued March 28. Mauldin had been on the lam since January when he failed to report for a scheduled meeting with his probation officer. Mauldin also failed to meet his lifetime sex offender registration requirement with Greenville County as required in March.
Kelvin Washington, US Marshal for the District of South Carolina, stated: "As the days of fall come upon us, and daylight falls short, let it be a sign to all fugitives the US Marshals and our counterparts will continue to pursue you and work day and night to bring you to justice. The magnitude of this case is an exemplary illustration of how well all law enforcement partners worked together. Mauldin chose to run and hide, however, his choice to attempt to take his own life will forever impact our law enforcement community. I commend the efforts of all agencies involved and have compassion for the family members of Mauldin as they monitor his medical condition. If Mauldin is released from the hospital he will ultimately face his pending warrants in the upstate area."