Woman barricaded in home on Heritage Road is now in custody

Law enforcement officers are staged outside a home on Heritage Road, where they say a person is refusing to come out of the home.

A 72-year-old woman who barricaded herself inside a home on Heritage Road near Conway is now in police custody.

She is charged with threatening the life of a public official.

Sergeant Jeff Benton, with the Horry County Sheriff's Office, says a deputy responded to the home on the 300 block of Heritage Road around 10:30 this morning.

Benton says the deputy went to the home for a lawful eviction.

"He served a writ of ejectment, a paper where it gives an individual 24 hours to vacate the premises," said Benton. "After that 24 hour period is over, the deputy will come back with the landlord to physically evict the person there."

He says in normal cases the person has already vacated.

In this situation, the woman was still in the home. When the deputy entered the home and shouted he was with the Horry County Sheriff's Office, police say the woman said, 'Don't come in. I'm going to shoot you."

According to police, the deputy called for back up and the U.S. Marshals Service, Horry County Sheriff's Office, SLED and Horry County Police Department SWAT team all responded.

The law enforcement agencies spent several hours negotiating with the woman to come out of the home.

After hours of failed negotiations, officers forced their way into the home.

Around 2 p.m., the woman was in police custody.

"Our individual is safe. Our officers are safe and that's the bottom line here," said Benton.

Family members say the woman was living alone and recently stopped taking her medication.

Sergeant Benton says she will undergo a mental health evaluation.