Summerville Police have arrested a man accused of taking a woman hostage at gunpoint inside a North Cedar Street business Friday afternoon.
Police have charged Wesley Ford Heatherly, 37, with kidnapping, domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, and possession of a weapon while committing a violent crime.
Heatherly was arrested after a nearly three-hour standoff with police. Police say they used non-lethal weapons to end the situation and take Heatherly into custody.
Police say Heatherly walked into the North Cedar Street business shortly after 1 p.m., pulled a gun on a woman inside, and barricaded himself in a room with her.
Summerville PD officials say they set up a perimeter around the building shortly after arriving, and began hostage negotiations.
Several witnesses say they saw officers with their weapons drawn.
"I was nervous, especially because I was here by myself it could have happen to anyone us around here," said Anna Grayminter, who was working nearby. "I was very nervous."
Grayminter and several others working in surrounding businesses were evacuated.
"Police when they got here they told us to lock our doors and then came back and evacuated us," said Mary Ellen Bud, who was evacuated from her business.
Heatherly later released the woman he was holding captive, police say, but still refused to come out himself. That's why Summerville Police say they chose to go in after him.
"The next thing I know, the cops say put down the gun," Grayminter said. "They were yelling he locked himself inside one of the buildings and they start yelling."
Heatherly's bond hearing will be Saturday morning. He's in jail at the Dorchester County Detention Center.