Authorities: One person in custody following standoff at Dunes West home

Published: Sep. 4, 2014 at 7:06 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 5, 2014 at 1:14 AM EDT
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Pictures near Deytens Shipyard taken around 2:50 p.m.
Pictures near Deytens Shipyard taken around 2:50 p.m.
Pictures near Deytens Shipyard taken around 2:50 p.m.
Pictures near Deytens Shipyard taken around 2:50 p.m.

MOUNT PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) - Authorities with the Mount Pleasant Police Department say one person is in custody following a standoff at a home in the Dunes West community Thursday night.

Police say the incident started around 1:21 p.m. when police officers responded to Ferdinand Court for a report of a person who wanted to harm himself.

Investigators then began patrolling the area for the vehicle the subject was driving, and located it in the parking lot of Detyens Shipyard. Pictures taken earlier by residents showed police and other law enforcement surrounding a parking lot near the shipyard.

According to police, the vehicle was found to be empty, and officers continued the search for the subject. A police report states an officer on Ferdinand Court saw the subject in a kayak come down the creek and make his way to a dock.

Officers reported that when they made contact with the subject, he was in possession of a gun.

Negotiators and SWAT arrived on scene and began to speak with the subject who went into a home near the dock. At 7:35 p.m., the subject was taken into protective custody and transported to a local hospital for evaluation.

Due to the police activity in the area dismissals for some Mount Pleasant students were delayed.

Charles Pinckney Elementary School, Laurel Hill Primary School and Thomas Cario Middle School were all placed under a Code Yellow Administrative lockdown while Mount Pleasant Police responded to a disturbance.

Parents of students who live in the Dunes West neighborhood were required to pick up their children at school because buses would not be allowed to drop students off in the area while the police activity was still an active scene, Mt. Pleasant Police Inspector Chip Googe said.

All parents affected by the situation were being notified Thursday afternoon, Charleston County School District spokesperson Erica Taylor said.

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