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home : news : lakelands & beyond May 25, 2016

5/10/2014 10:55:00 PM
LCSO: Man pulls gun on emergency workers following crash

A Waterloo man is in custody after authorities with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office say he pulled a gun on emergency workers following a crash on U.S. 221 Saturday night.

According to officials with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, Melvin Lynch, 75, was traveling north on U.S. 221 in a Lincoln four-door vehicle at about 9 p.m. when he ran off the left side of the road and struck a tree. Officials said it was unclear whether Lynch was wearing a seat belt or not. Lynch was injured and was transported to the hospital by LCSO officials.

According to LCSO officials, several emergency crews arrived on the scene following the crash. At some point, Lynch produced a handgun and threatened to kill emergency workers and LCSO deputies. It was at that point Lynch was taken into custody. Officials said there were no shots fired during the incident.

Neither SCHP officials nor LCSO officials would comment on any pending charges for Lynch.

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