Hostage suspect tells 911: 'I want it to end peacefully'

By Stacy

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCIV) -- It's something you don't hear often: a suspect in a hostage situation called 911 during his alleged crime Monday in Goose Creek.

The 911 call revealed a man who sounded upset and afraid. Christopher Flowers told police he didn't mean to hurt the clerk at Beer and Tobacco Food Mart on Redbank Road in Goose Creek. He said his gun wasn't loaded and he was trying to rob the store to pay bills.

A woman outside the store also called 911.

"The door's locked," the caller said. "I don't know if somebody got shot or what!"

Soon after, Flowers called 911. The operator transferred him to a police officer outside the store.

"I have a man. I attempted to rob him but things didn't go as planned," he told the officer.

Flowers said he would cooperate with police, but needed a few minutes.

"Make some calls, talk to my kids, because I know I [am not going to] see them for a while," he said.

He also called his fiancee, who then called police and said he wanted to "give himself up" to police.

Police called Flowers back and told him they had spoken with his fiance.

"Listen, your fiancee is torn up about it, man. I just got off the phone with her," the officer said.

Flowers surrendered to police in the end.

"I'm at the front door with my hands up," he said.

"I want you to walk out the door with your hands straight in the air," the officer said.

At Tuesday's bond hearing, Flowers' fiancee said the man has four children, three of which are also her children. She said Flowers was desperate.

"I don't know what was going on in his head, but when I talked to him on the phone it wasn't supposed to happen like that. He is truly sorry. He realizes now he did mess up," she said. "Money got to his head. He made the wrong decision."

Authorities charged Flowers Friday with attempted murder, kidnapping, armed robbery and possession of a firearm during a violent crime.

According to police reports, the store owner was shot in his left hand.

In court, the owner had a representative read a statement asking the judge not to give Flowers the option of posting bond.

The judge set bond at $80,000.