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Graniteville Man Threatens to Shoot Children or Self in Brief Standoff

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A Graniteville man was arrested Friday after threatening to shoot two children or himself in a mobile home, according to Aiken County authorities.

Garrick Johnson, 30, was seen with a weapon Friday morning when deputies were called to the trailer on a dirt road on Crae Leilei Circle, not far from Breezy Hill Road. The man went back inside the home and the SWAT team was called, but deputies got custody of the suspect before the back-up arrived, sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said. The children were unharmed.

Johnson was charged with unlawful neglect of a child and pointing or presenting a weapon. He was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center, where he was photographed shirtless in his mugshot.

Johnson had a previous DUI arrest in November from the S.C. Highway Patrol. At that time, he lived in Beech Island. He also had a 2014 disorderly conduct arrest in Augusta

Johnson’s relationship to the children was not clear.

Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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