Man arrested following standoff with deputies

mlucas@thestate.comOctober 27, 2013 

A Kershaw County man who fired a double barrel shotgun at a woman and child living with him was arrested after a two-hour standoff with deputies Saturday night.

Henry Lamar Stover, 30, of Cassatt, was arrested on charges of criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, resisting arrest and unlawful conduct toward a child, said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews in a statement released Sunday.

The incident began at 9:40 p.m. Saturday when deputies with the sheriff’s office responded to a “shots fired” call in an area off U.S. 1 north of Camden, Matthews said. Deputies were unable to locate the incident area at first but a person who flagged them down reported hearing crying and shots fired inside a home on Vulcan Drive.

Deputies then met with a woman in the same area who told them that she had been inside the home along with her three-week old baby when she and Stover had gotten into an argument, Matthews said. The woman said that Stover had become violent and that she had hidden with her baby in a bedroom closet. Stover then shot at them through the closet door, missing her and the child, she said. The woman was able to escape with her baby to a neighbor’s home where she called 911, Matthews said.

Deputies then secured the perimeter of the home and attempted to call Stover out. Stover’s father was called to the scene, but he too was unable to talk Stover into surrendering, Matthews said.

After about two hours, deputies forcibly gained entry into the residence, Matthews said, and deployed a flash bang distraction device followed by a pepper spray grenade. Stover continued to resist arrest and was then shot two times with a 12-gauge non-lethal “bean bag” round. He was lying on top of a fully loaded shotgun when taken into custody following a struggle with officers, Matthews said.

He was taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center where he is awaiting a bond hearing.

Stover also was wanted by authorities on three narcotics charges and had just been released from prison following a conviction for unlawful conduct toward a child. In addition, he has previous arrests for narcotics violations, traffic offenses, criminal domestic violence, trespassing, resisting arrest and failure to stop for a blue light, Matthews said.

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