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More charges from Sunday standoff with deputies

POSTED: June 12, 2014 9:02 p.m.
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Eric Harrison

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A convicted felon who shot at two Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies last weekend is now facing additional charges.

Eric Harrison, 41, of Eden has been charged with an additional count of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer and two counts of criminal attempt to commit murder of a law enforcement officer.

Harrison was arrested Sunday night after shooting at deputies who responded to reports of a domestic dispute at 182 Raccoon Drive in the Foxbow Farms neighborhood. Harrison lives at the house with his wife.

“We received three 911 calls (from neighbors) about a man with a gun at the residence,” said ECSO spokesman Detective David Ehsanipoor.

While deputies were trying to get Harrison to come out of the house, he walked outside and fired at least one shot at them, according to Ehsanipoor.

“The suspect retreated back into the residence before deputies were able to return fire,” he said.

Harrison surrendered after a brief standoff and was taken into custody, Ehsanipoor said. Investigators recovered the gun Harrison used and shell casings.

“Kids were there at the residence, but the wife and kids left before the shooting took place,” Ehsanipoor said.

The new charges are added to the ones Harrison already faced of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime, reckless conduct and battery.

He is being held in the Effingham County Jail.

Harrison has what Ehsanipoor described as “an extensive criminal history.”

The investigation is ongoing by the Effingham County Sheriff’s Office criminal investigations division.

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