Cayce investigators seek cause for gunfire, standoff
CAYCE, SC (WIS) - Police in Cayce awaited blood tests Wednesday night to see if drugs or alcohol could explain how a domestic disturbance escalated into gunfire and a standoff.
Deputies say 56-year-old Andre Washington was held in the Lexington County Detention Center on $251,000 bond for the incident. He was also declared in violation of his probation for previous incidents.
This whole situation broke out shortly before 3 a.m. Wednesday on Pine Street. According to officers, Washington became "paranoid" and felt like somebody was coming after him. Officers say he told his fiance that he was hearing noises and fired shots in the walls of the house.
His fiancé fled but officers say Washington would not come out and holed up in there with his fiancé's friend.
"It looked pretty rough at that point," said Cayce Department of Public Safety Chief Byron Snellgrove. "It looks like a barricaded suspect, with a hostage. With a gun. That's one of the worst situations that you can actually get into."
A SWAT team from SLED came to the scene and a negotiator talked Washington into surrendering. Now investigators are trying to figure out why he was behaving this way, and they're waiting for the results of blood test.
Snellgrove said this is not the first time for Washington, saying that he was involved in a similar situation in the city of Columbia back in 2013.
Washington was charged with kidnapping, possession of a firearm during the commission of violent crime, as well as possession of that particular gun on which the serial numbers had been obliterated.
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