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Man wanted in SC kills himself in standoff after shooting at cops, US marshals say

A wanted man killed himself after shooting at law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals said.
A wanted man killed himself after shooting at law enforcement, the U.S. Marshals said.

A man wanted on charges in South Carolina killed himself after shooting at law enforcement during a standoff Tuesday in Alabama, U.S. marshals said.

James Robert Suttles fired multiple shots at law enforcement during a five-hour standoff at his Fosters, Alabama, home that ended when he killed himself with “a self-inflicted gunshot wound,” marshals said in a news release.

The 55-year-old was treated by a doctor at the scene before being taken to an area hospital where he died, the Tuscaloosa News reported.

Suttles was wanted by the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office on charges of stalking and harassment, marshals said.

The incident began around 7 a.m. at a home on Sand Road, about 14 miles southwest of Tuscaloosa, according to WVUA.

Deputies and U.S. marshals tried to serve arrest warrants when Suttles fired shots at the officers before barricading himself inside the home, according to the news release.

The Sheriff’s Office said it tried negotiating with Suttles during the standoff, before cutting power to his house and firing gas bombs into the residence, per the Tuscaloosa News.

“He left out of the residence after the gas was deployed, went downstairs to a basement area from the outside porch and was positioned there with a long rifle in his mouth,” Sheriff Ron Abernathy said, according to the newspaper. “Officers there continued to negotiate with him for an extended period of time and he eventually shot himself.”

Teddy Kulmala covers breaking news for The State and covered crime and courts for seven years in Columbia, Rock Hill, Aiken and Lumberton, N.C. He graduated from Clemson University and grew up in Barnwell County.