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Standoff

A person was found dead in a hotel room Friday afternoon after a standoff in Santee.

The man who died following in a police standoff killed himself, according to the Orangeburg County Coroner’s Office.

Stacy Pritchard, 51 of Ralph Bell Road, Summerton, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on Friday at a hotel on Mall Street in Santee.

Deputies fired no shots in the standoff that ended Friday afternoon with Pritchard’s death, S.C. Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said previously.

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Officials were looking for a person charged with burglary in Clarendon County. Clarendon County authorities learned the suspect was in a Santee hotel room.

The Santee Police Department and the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the effort to arrest the suspect at the Clarion Inn.

“There was a shot fired through the door at deputies who were approaching the door. No deputies fired their weapons. It is not an officer-involved shooting,” Berry said.

The Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office says it asked SLED to investigate the case after a shot was heard coming inside the hotel room. Pritchard was found dead in the room.

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