Charleston, SC -- Charleston police officer, Sgt. George Hildebidle, barricaded himself in his home Thursday morning and an armed standoff with multiple SWAT teams ensued.
Charleston county sheriff's deputies evacuated the neighborhood surrounding the home and were unsuccessfully attempting negotiations with the officer inside.
According to WCSC 5 News, deputies say the call came in at 7:53 a.m. for a situation at a home on Magnolia Way, off Grand Oaks Blvd. in the Autumn Chase subdivision. The police officer was alone inside the home and refused to come out, officials say.
"Once we determined that it was a member of our department we set up a perimeter to contain the situation and requested the Charleston County Sheriff's Department, the crisis negotiations team, SWAT, and bomb squads to respond to assume responsibility for the situation because we did not want to have our own folks dealing with this since they worked with this individual on a daily basis," Charleston Police Chief Gregg Mullen said.
According to deputies on the scene, the incident stemmed from a domestic situation.
At 11:25 police began to push back press and attempted to get the man to come outside.
WCSC reporter, Hannah Moseley tweeted Thursday morning that it is unclear whether or not this situation has anything to do with the murder of Walter Scott.
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At 12:40 local time, police vehicles began to leave the area. As the SWAT vans pulled out, the Forensics and Charleston County Coroner vehicles pulled in, indicating that there was a death.
In a press conference, Charleston Police Chief Gregg Mullen said Sgt. George Hildebidle "decided to end his life his own way." Hildebidle was a 12-year veteran with the department, was married, and had two children. "This is a tragedy not only for his family but for our department and for all of his co-workers," Mullen said."We ask for the community's prayers during this time because not only does his family need those prayers but also members of our department." "I think police officers all over the United States constantly experience high stress and what's going on right now has just elevated that, but this situation today I'm focusing on what's happening with members of my department and that's my priority now," Mullen said.