Tuesday Nov. 3 Viraj

Local police crowded Triangle and Walnut streets in Loris after a man barricaded himself in his home Tuesday.

A Loris man peacefully surrendered to officers Tuesday afternoon following an hourslong standoff at his home in the city.

Loris Police Chief Gary Buley said authorities responded to the home on Triangle Street after receiving a call about a suicidal subject.

Buley said the man threatened to harm himself and that his partner was able to leave the home. There was no threat to the public, he said.

SWAT team members and a large armored police vehicle were on scene as city and county police swarmed the area. Some onlookers snapped photos or captured video on their cellphones.

Buley said the man was detained and taken to a hospital to be evaluated. Police expect to file charges in the case. No injuries were reported.

Neighbor Steve Thomas and his wife, grandchildren and daughter were evacuated from his home while the man remained barricaded, and other neighbors were also instructed to leave their homes.

“I had sat down to drink me a cup of coffee, and bam, bam, bam, bam, 'You need to leave,’” Thomas said.

A longtime Loris resident, Thomas said the community is typically quiet. He described his next-door neighbor as an “introvert.”



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