MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (WCIV) -- Police in Mount Pleasant spent five hours searching for and talking to a man they believed was trying to kill himself.
The man's car was found in the parking lot of Detyens Shipyard, but he was nowhere to be found. A short time later, another officer saw a man on a kayak make his way to the nearby dock.
Police identified the kayaker as the man they were searching for and approached him. That's when they saw he had a gun.
Police say that's when officers started negotiating with the man.
As a result, three schools in the area of Park West -- Pinckney, Laurel Hill and Cario -- were put on lockdown, school district officials said.
According to school officials, bus riders were released around 3:45 p.m. The final bell at Cario was delayed to avoid a traffic gridlock in the area, police said.
Charleston County School District officials said parents had to pick up their children at Dunes West because buses would not be dropping students off with the police ordeal still ongoing in the neighborhood.
Around 7:30 p.m., the man was taken into emergency protective custody and taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Police did not say what led them to believe the man was trying to kill himself.