Man phones in threats to Lowcountry school; kills himself following negotiations

MONCKS CORNER, S.C. (WBCD) — Children at a Lowcountry school can now breathe a sigh of relief following threats made on Tuesday afternoon.

At about 2:40 p.m. on October 25, a 41-year-old man called the St. John’s Christian Academy and made threats that the children should leave the playground.

The Moncks Corner Police Department responded, secured the school, and began searching for the suspect.  Shortly after, he was identified and located in a nearby parking lot where he refused to leave his vehicle, according to Captain Mark Fields.

After communicating with officers for nearly two hours, the suspect retrieved a revolver and shot himself. Medics transported him to North Trident Hospital where he later died.

Fields says the suspect was wanted for an outstanding Family Court Bench Warrant and an outstanding warrant by the Moncks Corner Police Department.

The Berkeley County Mobile Crisis and the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office also responded and assisted.

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