SWAT team called in after Anderson man barricaded himself inside house

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SWAT officers were called to a home in the 300 block of W. 6th Street Wednesday afternoon after a man reportedly fired his gun into the air.

Kent Hancher, 57, stood in front of his front door and fired his gun just before 4:30 p.m., according to Det. Joel Sandefur with the Anderson Police Department. Residents called police reporting that shots had been fired. When an officer arrived, Hancher fired his weapon at her then retreated inside, according to the officer.

The man then refused to come back outside, but his girlfriend came out and has been talking with police. There were no hostages involved.

A state police SWAT team was called in to help and Hancher eventually surrendered after about two hours.

He is facing preliminary felony charges of criminal recklessness and pointing a firearm at a law enforcement officer.

Sandefur says Hancher apparently "disliked his neighbors, disliked the police and was intoxicated." No one was injured in the incident.