Rock Hill police officers on administrative duty after shooting man with mental health pickup order


ROCK HILL, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) — People living on Hutchinson St. say the SWAT team shut down their street trying to get their armed neighbor to come out and surrender.

“When SWAT came in and everybody was just scared not knowing what was happening or what was going to happen.”

Police say the 30-year old suspect had a mental health pick up order and when they arrived around 4:00 p.m., he had a gun.

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“The police did pull their pistol, they didn’t point it at him they just pulled it and continued talking with him. And Jacob looked like something was bothering him and he went back in the house.”

SWAT team and negotiators were called in but police say he refused to cooperate. 

Neighbors say SWAT used a robot which set off a flashbang on the porch then they chased after the suspect who barricaded himself inside. 

“The officers hit the door several times and went in and that’s when you could hear the firing of gunshots.”

Police say they immediately provided medical aid. 

“They did everything they could and the thing about it no one got killed.”

Linda Presnell has known the suspect since he was a kid and says he was a good person and neighbor but he had a few personal problems.

“If he had never drawn that gun this would have been a different story altogether because I don’t think he had any intentions of hurting anybody except maybe himself,” she said.

No officers were injured. SLED is conducting an independent investigating and both officers that fired their weapons have been placed on administrative duty.

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