Homes, vehicles shot up during SWAT standoff in Sangaree

Published: May. 9, 2012 at 12:11 AM EDT|Updated: May. 9, 2012 at 10:58 PM EDT
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Viewer picture of law enforcement taking cover behind neighborhood cars.
Viewer picture of law enforcement taking cover behind neighborhood cars.
Responding officers behind a patrol vehicle.
Responding officers behind a patrol vehicle.

SUMMERVILLE, SC (WCSC) - Investigators say a man fired more than 40 gun shots some of which hit nearby homes and vehicles during a standoff with SWAT teams on Birmingham Drive in Sangaree Tuesday night.

Richard Brewer is charged with attempted murder, malicious injury to property and shooting into a dwelling.

The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office says deputies responded to a home on Birmingham Drive in reference to a welfare check. Authorities say they received information that a 26-year-old woman received a text message from her husband, Brewer, threatening to kill himself.

Deputies say when they parked in front of the home and began to approach the home, they were quickly alerted by a neighbor who said that a gun shot was fired from the home.

Authorities then went to the rear of the home and noticed a bullet hole in the window. The deputies then looked for cover and backed away from the windows. As deputies were notifying dispatch of the situation, multiple shots were heard coming from inside the home.

An incident report states that shots were then heard leaving the home in an unknown direction.

The deputies then sought better cover while moving away from the home. When other deputies arrived, authorities began to evacuate neighbors in the area of Birmingham Drive and Coventry Road.

As deputies began to take cover, they reported hearing more shots being fired from the home. The Berkeley County Special Response Team and the Goose Creek Special Response Team then responded with the response team eventually capturing Brewer.

Sheriff's office spokesman Dan Moon said the suspect came out and surrendered after authorities spoke to him through the telephone. Moon said that the suspect was tased when he came out and then transported to the hospital by EMS.

After the suspect was caught, deputies observed that four homes had multiple bullet holes. A bullet hole was also spotted on a 2008 Sierra, and the deputy's patrol vehicle also sustained damage from a bullet on the right side of the hood.

Neighbors in the area said that they were told during the standoff to stay in their homes as the situation unfolded.

At least 50 officers from different agencies responded to the incident.

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