Man arguing with clerk is attacked by another man
A 28-year-old North Augusta man was attacked Aug. 30 by another man during an argument with a store clerk.
According to a North Augusta Public Safety incident report, the victim was arguing with his wife in the parking lot of Greg’s Gas Plus, 107 Edgefield Road. The store clerk came out and told the man to return his wife’s keys to her and move her truck.
When the husband began arguing with the clerk, another man joined in the argument.
The man then punched the victim several times before running away, according to the report.
When police arrived, the victim was bleeding from his nose and head and the blood had begun to form a puddle on the ground. EMS was called to examine the victim, but he was not transported to a hospital, the report stated.
Armed man taken into custody after lengthy standoff
James Cochran, 26, is in custody after an overnight standoff Friday with the North Augusta Department of Public Safety SWAT team and other police agencies.
No one was hurt or injured in the incident, police said. According to a news release, the incident began late Friday night after gunshots were reported at North Augusta Gardens Apartments.
After several efforts throughout the night to get the man inside the residence to come out, officers went inside Saturday morning and found Cochran hiding in the bathroom. He surrendered shortly before 7 a.m. with a shotgun and knife in hand, police said.
Cochran now faces five counts of attempted murder to law enforcement officers for firing at them during the standoff.
He was taken to the Aiken County Detention Center.