Sheriff: Wanted man threatens suicide, arrested following standoff | Crime
Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a wanted Fairfield County man following a two hour standoff in a cemetery in Kershaw County.
According to Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews, around 7:15 p.m., 40-year-old Robert Anthony Bass called Kershaw County dispatch and told them he wanted to turn himself in because Fairfield County authorities had warrants on him for burglary.
Bass told Kershaw County dispatch he was in the cemetery of Springvale Baptist Church, the report stated.
Upon arrival, a deputy found Bass in the cemetery. According to Matthews, Bass told the deputy that he was not going to jail and he had something “here for you all.”
Deputies say Bass then pulled a handgun from his waist and placed the muzzle of the weapon in his mouth.
The deputy requested backup and engaged Bass in conversation until other deputies and a negotiator arrived on the scene, deputies say.
The area around the church and cemetery was blocked off for over two hours while the Sheriff’s Office negotiator talked with Bass.
The report said around10:00 p.m. Bass finally put his weapon down and was taken into custody. He was transported to Kershaw Health hospital for observation and then taken to the Kershaw County Detention Center.
The serial number on the Ruger 9mm pistol that Bass had in his possession was filed down and the weapon is believed to be stolen, according to Matthews.
Investigators say they will contact ATF for possible federal prosecution of Bass as he is a convicted felon and is prohibited from possessing any firearm.
According to the report, Bass has an arrest record dating back to 2004 with charges of criminal conspiracy, shoplifting, burglary (1st) and grand larceny (over $5,000). He is also wanted for burglary and narcotics charges out of Fairfield County.
Bass remains in the Kershaw County Detention Center with a hold placed on him by Fairfield County.
“I am relieved that no one was hurt during this confrontation, “said Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews. “These situations can go either way with officers or the suspect being shot. The initial responding deputy and our negotiator, Lt. Steve Knafelc, did an outstanding job in resolving this incident.”