Suspect in custody after Beech Island standoff with officers

Published: Sep. 15, 2020 at 7:00 AM EDT
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BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (WRDW/WAGT) – Aiken County sheriff’s deputies took a suspect into custody after he barricaded himself in a Beech Island home this morning.

The situation began to unfold at 190 CCC Road, where officers surrounded a home and called for a SWAT team shortly before 7 a.m.

Russell Antonio Cunningham
Russell Antonio Cunningham(WRDW)

Sheriff’s Capt. Eric Abdullah said the situation stemmed from domestic violence.

Just after 8 a.m., officers were working to determine whether the suspect was inside alone. However, the scene was stabilized and authorities were making sure he didn’t leave.

The SWAT team and negotiators were there, and the road was blocked.

The suspect, whose name has not yet been released, was in custody by 8:45 a.m., according to authorities.

Abdullah said Russell Antonio Cunningham was arrested.

His charges were still being processed as of Tuesday afternoon, but Abdullah said he is expected to be charged with kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon, pointing a presenting and domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature.

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