Enquirer Herald

Standoff in Clover ends without injuries

CLOVER -- A nearly 14-hour standoff between sheriff's deputies and a 59-year-old armed man ended peacefully Tuesday morning, authorities say.

Officials charged Thomas Junior Martin of 1322 Tom Joye Road in Clover with pointing and presenting firearms at a person and four counts of assault with intent to kill.

The York County Sheriff's Department responded to a domestic call on Tom Joye Road around 7:30 p.m. Monday night.

A family member called 911, said Major Robbie Hudgins.

When deputies arrived, a woman came out of the home but the man did not.

"He had written a note on the outside of the door asking for forgiveness from God," Hudgins said.

Three females met the deputies, but "Mr. Martin exited the bedroom of his residence with a long rifle and a pistol," Hudgins said. The man fired several shots in the house, pointed a gun at deputies and refused to leave the house.

Assisting the sheriff's office was its SWAT team along with the Rock Hill SWAT team and bomb squad and Clover police. Police closed off access to that part of the road.

Eventually Martin surrendered, Hudgins said. No one was hit or injured during the incident.