Crime

May 30, 2014

SWAT team arrests suspect barricaded in Rock Hill home

A man wanted for failing to appear in court on multiple drug charges barricaded himself inside a Rock Hill home Thursday night, prompting drug agents and a SWAT team to surround the house before they went inside and arrested him, police say.

A man wanted for failing to appear in court on multiple drug charges barricaded himself inside a Rock Hill home Thursday night, prompting drug agents and a SWAT team to surround the house before they went inside and arrested him, police say.

About 8:45 p.m., investigators with the York County Multijurisdictional Drug Enforcement Unit requested help with a wanted man who had barricaded himself inside a house on Andora Drive, off Marrett Boulevard, according to a Rock Hill Police report. When drug agents arrived at Sherard Weathers’ home to serve his warrants, he ran inside the house and locked himself inside.

A police SWAT team responded and helped investigators surround the house before they went inside and took custody of Weathers, 27. The police response lasted nearly an hour.

The York County Sheriff’s Office eventually took custody of Weathers, who was charged with failure to appear. He was being held Friday at the York County Detention Center in York.

When Weathers spotted investigators, he ran inside the house, closing and locking the garage door behind him, said Marvin Brown, commander for the drug unit. A neighbor who had been inside with Weathers walked out of the house and told police that Weathers was inside. The suspect refused to come out though police knocked on the door and asked him several times to walk outside.

When SWAT team members entered the house and took Weathers into custody, he was not armed and had not made any indications that he would inflict harm, Brown said.

Records with the State Law Enforcement Division show that in December 2012 Weathers was arrested and faced several drug charges that include possession of cocaine and possession with the intent to distribute drugs near a school.

In 2010, he was convicted of assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest but “released to probation” in February 2012, said Stephanie Givens, state Department of Corrections spokeswoman.

Two years later, he was made to pay a fine after Fort Mill Police charged him with driving under suspension, giving false information to police, speeding and failure to appear for a uniform traffic citation.

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