Mt. Pleasant man dies after standoff with SWAT team
MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Mount Pleasant man shot multiple times by a SWAT team during a standoff Tuesday has since died. The Charleston County Coroner's office confirms the suspect involved is 60-year-old Richard Cathcart III.
Mount Pleasant police responded to the area around Wappetaw Place in the Parish Place subdivision shortly before 3 p.m.
At least nine police cars were on the scene and officers were using a megaphone to talk to Cathcart.
A Mount Pleasant Police Department spokesman confirms Cathcart had not been cooperative with negotiators on scene. About 5:50 p.m., Major Stan Gragg stated that Cathcart came out of his home, pointed a handgun at police and began taunting them.
Feeling threatened, Gragg says that's when the department's SWAT team opened fire.
Just before 6 p.m., our ABC News 4 crew reported hearing a series of loud gunshots at the scene. Reporter, Nikki Gaskins, said she then saw EMS crews quickly pass them with someone inside.
Gragg say Cathcart was rushed to MUSC. He was later pronounced dead. An autopsy is scheduled for some time Wednesday according to the coroner's office.
Officials from the State Law Enforcement Division is now investigating the case. What prompted the standoff is still unknown at this time.
The area is very near James B. Edwards Elementary School, but according to officials with the Charleston school district, students had already gone home for the day when the call came in for police.
The main entrance to the Parish Place subdivision off of Bowman Road was blocked to traffic for hours.
Police had asked the occupants of ten homes in the neighborhood to evacuate.
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