CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston Police Department say a “distraught man” who prompted the closure of a portion of King Street is now in custody and will be transported to MUSC for evaluation.
Police officers had closed King Street as officers spoke to the man who had returned to his business on 687 King Street Wednesday afternoon after being holed up inside his store for hours earlier in the day.
On Wednesday night, authorities re-opened King Street to motorists and pedestrians.
Police spokesman Charles Francis said the man was able to get back into the store on Wednesday afternoon before it could be secured.
Earlier in the day, Francis said the situation was “peacefully resolved” after the man walked out of the business in the 600 block of King Street Wednesday, “got into his vehicle and left the city.”
An incident report states police responded at approximately 7:34 p.m. Tuesday to a report of a man breaking a door and window to a business and throwing items into the street.
Police said the man was irate and was swinging a metal baseball bat in the air and knocking over bottles. The man appeared to be “displaying signs of extreme paranoia and suffering from an unknown mental illness,” the report states.
The man told police he did all of the damage to his own business because he wanted police to investigate potential crimes.
Police say he knocked out all of the glass on the front door, a shelf in the front lobby, destroyed several bottles of various brands of liquor and attempted to set the store on fire by using a lighter on spilled alcohol.
Police have not released the man’s identity but said there was “never any threat to the community.”
Authorities had shut down a portion of King Street in the immediate area of the store. Police remained on the scene until early Wednesday morning, when they reopened King Street but said they were monitoring the situation while the man remained inside the business.