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Three-hour standoff ends in arrest

FORT MILL -- A Fort Mill man was in jail Tuesday after a three-hour standoff the night before during which he barricaded himself in his home and told officials his home was rigged with explosives, according to Fort Mill police.

John Dixon, 45, of 111 Jackson St. faces a breach of peace charge in connection with the incident, said Capt. Bryan Zachary of the Fort Mill Police Department. Other charges may be pending, Zachary said.

No one was hurt, Zachary said. Officials found no explosives in the home, he said.

On Monday around 8 p.m., police responded to a call from residents who heard gunshots at 111 Jackson St. Police say they found a man, later identified as Dixon, standing in the yard.

"He immediately ran back into the residence and locked himself inside," Zachary said, adding Dixon screamed obscenities and threatened police. "He indicated he had weapons in the house and his residence was wired with explosives."

Neighboring homes evacuated

The York County Sheriff's Office SWAT team and negotiators responded as officials evacuated about five neighboring homes, Zachary said. Police also closed off the street.

Dixon told police he had no intent of coming out of his house and that officers would be harmed if they came inside the house, Zachary said. A Fort Mill officer was able to maintain a conversation with Dixon throughout the standoff, Zachary said.

"He came to the door and window displaying a large knife and what appeared to be a sword," Zachary said.

About three hours later, the man was arrested, police said.

"Eventually, he stepped out on the porch of the residence without weapons," Zachary said. "He was physically taken into custody by members of the SWAT team."

Before police were called, a witness told police he thought he saw Dixon carry several weapons across the street and hide them in bushes at 110 Jackson St. When police checked the bushes, they recovered four shotguns, Zachary said.

Neighbors were allowed to return to their homes after about 3 1/2 hours, he said.

State Law Enforcement Division records show Dixon has no prior arrests in South Carolina. Dixon remained in custody Tuesday night in Fort Mill. Bond had not been set.

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