LEXINGTON COUNTY, S.C. — An armed and dangerous escapee, who was on the run for more than nine hours Wednesday, is now in custody, according to Lexington County deputies.
Deputies say SWAT team officers entered a Red Bank home where Hill was holed up and arrested him without incident.
Deputies had been in contact with Hill through a window of the Red Bank home since late Wednesday evening. Hill was still in handcuffs and believed to be alone in the home, according to authorities. .
Lexington County deputies have been searching for more than nine hours for the 30-year-old, who was in custody but somehow got out of the back of an ambulance near Sunset Boulevard and Leaphart Road in Lexington County on Wednesday afternoon. Hill was in handcuffs when he escaped, and later managed to steal a pickup truck with a gun in it.
Lexington County Sheriff's Dept. Capt. Adam Myrick says the incident began Wednesday afternoon when deputies attempted to serve warrants on Hill for including drug charges.
Officials say there was a confrontation with officers, and after it was over, Hill was put into an ambulance to be checked out. Hill then got away from the ambulance while still in handcuffs.
No EMS workers were hurt, according to deputies.
During the incident, Riverbank Elementary School, Northside Middle School, and Saluda River Academy of the Arts in Lexington County School District Two were briefly on outside lockdown. The lockdown was later lifted and dismissal happened as normal, district officials say.
Officers say Hill was later seen at the Bojangles at 4863 Augusta Road, several miles away from where he went missing.
Deputies later said the they believe Hill then stole a Ford pickup truck. The truck was later recovered near Sunset Drive and I-20 at a location off Southwood Drive in Red Bank. The gun that was in that truck when it was stolen was not found inside, and investigators are working on the belief that Hill has it.
Late this afternoon, deputies said they believed Hill stole a second vehicle but later clarified that Hill was was picked up by someone in the Red Bank area. Since then, authorities had been looking for a silver SUV in that area.