Rodney Bettis

A North Augusta man killed himself following a long standoff with authorities on Wednesday.

Rodney Lamarcus Bettis, 34, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound inside the home on West Hugh Street, authorities said.

The situation started just before noon Wednesday after Chasity Wright was shot four times during a domestic dispute. She is currently in surgery at Augusta University Medical Center.

Negotiations lasted for hours after multiple officers responded at 11:13 a.m. Wednesday. Bettis fired shots at officers throughout the standoff.

The standoff ended about 3:30 p.m. as SLED had a robot inside the home and tried to negotiate with the man. But then he killed himself.

North Augusta police were assisted by the Aiken County Sheriff’s Office, SLED, a SWAT team and South Carolina state troopers.

Bettis is the same man sentenced to 14 years in prison back in 2007 for a string of armed robberies in the CSRA. Bettis robbed the Cash Advance in North Augusta, the Insta-Cash in Aiken, attempted to rob Quick Cash in North Augusta and robbed the Check-n-Go in Aiken.

He was released from prison March 1, 2019, and he showed up last July in Gastonia, N.C., where he was charged with police there for assault by strangulation and communicating threats. A report says he grabbed a woman by the throat, choked her and threatened to kill her. He was bonded out the same month.