One taken into custody after SWAT called to help with warrant

SWAT situation ends with arrest
Joseph Anderson (Source: CPD)
Joseph Anderson (Source: CPD)

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - Columbia Police have identified the man that was taken into custody after a standoff which included SWAT members at a Columbia apartment complex.

Police identified the man as Joseph Anderson. Anderson was wanted on multiple larceny charges.

Officials say deputies arrived at the Paces Run Apartment complex on Wednesday morning when a person inside the apartment they were serving a domestic violence warrant on would not come to the door.

The situation was heightened, officials said, after deputies heard shuffling inside the apartment.

Neighbors in nearby apartments were evacuated as SWAT members arrived.

"I'd seen police coming in and it was more of like back to back, to back, police cars kept coming in," said resident Dean Stewart.

SWAT also tossed gas canisters into the apartment to create a distraction.

In the end, though, the person wanted by RCSD was not inside the apartment. However, Joseph Anderson, one of the people inside the apartment, was wanted by the Columbia Police Department and arrested. Officials say there was no one else in the apartment.

"Thank God it's over. I just want to know what's going on, definitely know if it's safe around here. It's scary," said resident Kayla Reese.

Columbia Police have not yet released the identity of the person arrested.

Deputies are still looking for the person to whom they were trying to serve the warrant. They have not yet released their identity.

Management at the Paces Run apartment complex say they're working closely with law enforcement and say resident safety is their top priority.

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