About a dozen marked and unmarked law enforcement vehicles flooded a west Augusta apartment complex Tuesday afternoon to arrest the suspect in an Aug. 1 shooting.
The U.S. Marshals South East Regional Task Force and Richmond County SWAT and Violent Crimes Division arrested Terrell Crawford, Jr., 23, at the River Creek apartment complex on Center West Parkway around 2:50 p.m., according to a release from the sheriff's office.
Heather Jones, a tenant at the complex, said about 15 police cars and a SWAT vehicle arrived at the scene. Jones was in the parking lot at the time of the incident and said she saw SWAT officers carrying large rifles.
The complex is located in west Augusta near I-20 and sits just off Washington Road.
Crawford was wanted for multiple felonies including two aggravated assaults, terroristic threat and acts, cruelty to children and reckless conduct.
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According to a release from the sheriff's office on August 1, Crawford was involved in an incident on the 1400 block of Hunter Street where "at least one gunshot was fired and threats were made."
In a text to residents Tuesday, River Creek said, "There is a significant police presence currently on the property in relation to an investigation. At this time the authorities have not made us aware of any immediate threats to the safety of our community and its residents."
A few minutes later, River Creek sent out another text stating, "We ask that residents please stay in their homes while the authorities are present on the property to allow them to swiftly complete their investigation."
Jones said she heard what she guesses was tear gas deployed inside of one of the buildings.
"We heard three shots, we thought they were shooting," she said. "All you could smell was just a wave of what smelled like mace. We all had to run inside and wash our faces."
Jones said she saw one man surrender to police and a woman escorted out of the building shortly after.
Ashley Henley, another tenant, said she's never seen anything like this before at River Creek.
This article originally appeared on Augusta Chronicle: US Marshals, Richmond County SWAT raid Washington Rd. apartment complex