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Armed man barricaded in Clover house surrenders to York SWAT, police say

York County Sheriff's Office

The York County SWAT team took a man into custody Tuesday after an hours-long standoff where he barricaded himself in a Clover house, police said.

Charges are pending against Samuel Decarlos Antonio Watson, 41, said Trent Faris, spokesman for the York County Sheriff’s Office.

Clover Police Department officers, including Chief Randy Grice, and crisis negotiators were on scene this morning before 8 a.m. at the Walnut Street home. The street was blocked south of U.S. 321 for several hours.

Watson was believed to be armed, Faris said. No other people were believed to be inside the home.

“The suspect surrendered peacefully after the negotiators spoke with him for a long time,” Faris said. “The situation ended without anyone being hurt.”

The incident started around 2 a.m. Tuesday in county jurisdiction on Bush Road then ended inside the town limits of Clover on Walnut Street, police officials said.

Police have outstanding warrants for Watson for grand larceny and domestic violence that deputies were attempting to serve, Faris said.

Watson has past convictions in South Carolina dating back to 2007 through 2017, court records show. He has convictions for illegal possession of prescription drugs, pointing and presenting a firearm, assault and battery, burglary and larceny, according to court records.

After Watson was taken into custody, he was transported to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill for medical treatment, police said. Watson is expected to be booked into the York County jail at the Moss Justice Center later, police said.

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