Thirteen-hour standoff in South Carolina ends peacefully
The standoff tied up Interstate 77 near Chester, South
Carolina, for hours
CHESTER, South Carolina (CNN) -- Law enforcement authorities
on Sunday shot tear gas into the cabin of a tractor-trailer
to end a 13-hour standoff at an Interstate 77 rest stop.
Afterward, police stormed the rig's cabin and arrested
William Long, of Greensboro, North Carolina, who they said
was suffering from a neck wound.
"We believe it was self-inflicted," said police spokesman
Hugh Munn. "He was bleeding pretty badly." Munn said a steak
knife was found in the truck's cab. An eight-mile stretch of
highway was closed in both directions during the standoff.
It began Saturday night after a robbery at a Shoney's
Restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina. Police aren't sure
if the suspect was involved, but they say he stole a truck
and fled the eatery. Police chased the truck into South
Carolina, where it crashed into another truck and a Chester
County Sheriff's patrol car at a rest stop.
Long held authorities at bay while holed up in the cab of the
damaged rig, telling police he had a gun and a hostage,
although no hostage was there. Police used a psychiatrist to
negotiate with Long, and decided to use tear gas when the
doctor determined "the situation was deteriorating,"
according to Munn.
"He was really talking suicide," he said.