UPDATE: Child Abuse Call Turns to SWAT Team and Meth Investigation
COLUMBIA - Police said Thursday's SWAT raid in north Columbia began with a call from Blue Ridge Elementary reporting child abuse at the trailer home in question. At 11:16 a.m., police received a call from the school about a possible meth lab at a student's residence.
Police responded to 2001 Holly Avenue, trailer lot #141 on the north side of Columbia. One person was arrested for drug paraphernalia and transported to the hospital.
Officers also arrested a 15-year-old juvenile male for possession of narcotics and possession of an unlawful weapon. They believe he was in possession of cocaine and a switch blade knife.
During the investigation, officers learned of another person in the trailer who had felony warrants for his arrest. The Columbia Police SWAT and Crisis Negotiation team was called in after the individual refused to exit the residence. Surrounding residents were evacuated as a precaution.
About 25 people remained on the scene to watch the incident unfold. The male suspect surrendered to police around 4 p.m. and was taken into custody.
A robot was sent into the house to make sure it was safe for officers to enter.
Police are still investigating this incident.