Crime & Public Safety

Update: 12-hour Bluffton standoff with armed man ends without injury

Armed, 'distraught' Bluffton man surrenders Thursday after 12-hour standoff

A standoff with an "armed and distraught" 71-year-old man barricaded inside his Bluffton home ended peacefully Thursday morning, August 11, 2016, after more than 12 hours. The subject, whose home is off S.C. 46 east of Buckwalter Parkway, surrende
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A standoff with an "armed and distraught" 71-year-old man barricaded inside his Bluffton home ended peacefully Thursday morning, August 11, 2016, after more than 12 hours. The subject, whose home is off S.C. 46 east of Buckwalter Parkway, surrende

Twelve hours after it began, a standoff with police in which a 71-year-old armed Bluffton man barricaded himself in his home has ended.

The man, who was not identified by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, was sent to Hilton Head Hospital for evaluation. There were no injuries, Capt. Bob Bromage of the Sheriff’s Office said.

The standoff ended after the man came out of the residence voluntarily around 10:30 a.m., according to a Sheriff’s Office news release.

No charges have filed as the investigation continues, Bomage said.

Deputies were called to the home off S.C. 46 about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after being asked to conduct a welfare check. They found a “distraught armed adult male” holed up inside his home with a handgun.

Sheriff’s Office negotiators, SWAT and other deputies were on the scene.

Bromage said there was no “there (was) no public safety threat” since deputies had saturated the area.

Caitlin Turner: 843-706-8184, @Cait_E_Turner

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