Man Charged After Barricading Himself In Townhome On Wednesday

A man who police say barricaded himself in his own home on Wednesday has been charged by police.

Greenville police shut down Thomas Langston Road Wednesday afternoon after Matthew Sanders called 911 and said there were intruders in his townhome.

Police say Sanders was armed with a shotgun, and had locked himself in an upstairs bedroom. A fire department ladder was used to get the man outside, while police ended up not finding anyone else inside.

The 31-year-old Sanders was charged Thursday with discharging a firearm in the city limits and making a false report to police, both misdemeanors.

The man has a November 12th court date.

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A busy Greenville street has reopened after police closed it because of what was first reported as a home invasion.

Thomas Langston Road was closed from Memorial Drive to Davenport Farm Road for more than an hour Wednesday afternoon.

Police were called to an apartment at 1300 Thomas Langston Road shortly before 1:00 p.m.

Sgt. Joe Friday says the victim thought there were burglars in his residence and locked himself in an upstairs room. The man told police he was armed and they used a fire department ladder to get him out. They then went through the apartment and didn't find any intruders.

Neighbors identify the man as Matt Sanders. They say he is in his 30s and lives in the apartment by himself.

Nearby businesses say they were placed on lockdown. At Ridegwood Elementary School, students were pulled inside as a precaution, but school spokesman Brock Letchworth says the facility was not placed on lockdown.

The street reopened just after 2:00 p.m.