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Standoff in Conway ends peacefully, 72-year-old woman in custody

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Barbara Brunson. Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office Barbara Brunson. Source: Horry County Sheriff's Office

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Several law enforcement agencies were outside a residence where a woman had barricaded herself inside for several hours Friday, according to Horry County Sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Jeff Benton. The incident was resolved peacefully, and 72-year-old Barbara Brunson was taken into custody.

A writ of ejectment was served at the home on Heritage Road in the Pinecrest Community in Conway on Thursday, giving the tenant 24 hours notice to vacate the property, according to Sgt. Benton. A deputy and the landlord returned Friday to take control of the property.

The deputy knocked on the door, and there was  no answer. The deputy then entered the home and announced their presence. The woman inside called back with a threat, and the deputy heard what sounded like a taser going off, Sgt. Benton said. The deputy then left the residence and called in backup.

The woman barricaded herself inside, and Horry County Police and Horry County Sheriff's officials responded to the scene. Officials were negotiated with the woman for several hours. 

At about 2:15 p.m., Horry County Sheriff's Office announced via Twitter that the standoff had ended peacefully, and one person was in custody. Sgt. Benton said authorities made a forceful entry into the home and took the Brunson into custody.

Brunson is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and will be charged with threatening the life of a public official, according to an HCSO news release.

Sgt. Benton said that this incident highlights the danger of the civil part of law enforcement.

"It was a dangerous situation," Sgt. Benton said.

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