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Man with flame-thrower device arrested after standoff

(Source: Aiken Co. Sheriff's Office) (Source: Aiken Co. Sheriff's Office)
(Source: WFXG/Brandon Gates) (Source: WFXG/Brandon Gates)

An Aiken County man is in custody after deputies say he deployed a homemade flame-thrower device at them when they showed up at his house Tuesday morning.

The Aiken County Sheriff's Office is not releasing the man's name because of his mental health issues.

Deputies went to the man's house on the 700 block of Jefferson Davis Highway in Graniteville to serve him probate papers, according to the sheriff's office. Family members told deputies the man was inside the house but wouldn't come out.

Deputies knocked several times on the door with no response and then forced the door open, according to the sheriff's office. That's when the man deployed the flame-thrower device.

The deputies were not injured.

They then fired a bean bag round and hit the man in the leg, according to the sheriff's office. The man retreated to the back of the house and wouldn't communicate with the deputies.

The Aiken County SWAT Team responded to the house and released a chemical agent into the house, forcing the man to come out, according to the sheriff's office. He was taken into custody based on the probate papers.

He was treated by Aiken EMS and taken to the Aiken Regional Hospital.

A charge of assault and battery in the first degree is pending, deputies said.

A portion of Jefferson Davis Highway was blocked off during the standoff.

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