By: Jimmy Watt
Public Information Officer
(Walhalla, SC)——————The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office has taken an individual into protective custody who fired shots in his home earlier today.
Earlier this afternoon around 1:49pm, Oconee County 911 dispatch received a call from an individual in the 500 block of Highlands Highway, which is north of Walhalla.
The individual was unstable and shots were fired in the home. The Sheriff’s Office believed that the individual was alone in the home and no shots were fired at law enforcement.
Deputies responded to the scene and blocked a portion of Highlands Highway and diverted traffic at both ends of Highlands Highway at Sherwood Drive. Highlands Highway has reopened to all traffic.
The Sheriff’s Office SWAT team was activated and staged near the incident scene. The Sheriff’s Office also set up their mobile command unit. Deputies were on scene assessing the situation and remained on scene for several hours.
“Around 11pm this evening, after several attempts to reach the individual in question, officers made entry into the home and took the individual in question into protective custody,” according to Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw. “He will be transported to the hospital for evaluation.”
Sheriff Crenshaw also reiterated that the public was not in danger at any time and that no criminal charges will be filed.
The Sheriff’s Office received assistance this afternoon from the Walhalla Police Department and the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.