Winnsboro man arrested after 2-hour standoff

cwinston@thestate.comOctober 30, 2013 

— A standoff involving Newberry County sheriff’s deputies early Wednesday morning ended with one arrest and no injuries.

The Newberry County Sheriff’s Office responded to 169 Chaplin Park Drive at about 3:30 a.m. to check on a woman whose mother had called police. The woman said her ex-boyfriend was in the house illegally, in violation of a No Trespass notice.

The suspect, identified as Morris Ray Peters, 48, of Delilah Lane, Winnsboro, was threatening to shoot himself with a .22-caliber rifle. Negotiators talked to Peters for more than two hours and were able to get him to lower his weapon. However, Peters became more hostile with officers.

Officers were unable to get close enough to use a Taser, so shot a less-than-lethal bean bag round instead. While staggered, Peters was able to regain his balance and fire at the officers, who were protected by ballistic shields. Peters was arrested and no one was injured.

“Only by the grace of God were none of the officers or the suspect injured or killed,” said Sheriff Lee Foster in a press release. “I simply cannot say enough about the heroic actions of the deputies and investigators who handled this incident. They are to be commended for their actions and am so thankful that all returned home safely to their families.”

Peters will be charged will burglary and three counts of attempted murder for the shot fired at the officers.

Foster said the specialty equipment was critical to handle such situations, especially domestic incidents.

“This could have had a significantly different outcome if not for the CIRT team, the less than lethal weapon, and the ballistic shield,” he said. “These are almost mandatory tools into today’s world.”

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