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For Immediate Release

November 02, 2012 DUSM Amanda Lyons, District of South Carolina (803) 765-5479
Barricaded Sex Offender Hospitalized After a Self Inflicted Gun Shot Wound

Holly Hill, SC - John Henry Mauldin, 44, of Greenville was wanted by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office for a warrant issued on March 15 for Failure to Register as a Sex Offender and the Department of Probation, Parole, and Pardon Services for a probation violation warrant issued March 28. Mauldin had been on the lam since January when he failed to report for a scheduled meeting with his probation officer. Mauldin also failed to meet his lifetime sex offender registration requirement with Greenville County as required in March.

Earlier this month, an anonymous tip was sent to the Greenville County Sex Offender Watch tip line stating Mauldin may be hiding out in the Holly Hill area, specifically on Pecan Drive. Acting on this information, the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office contacted Operation Intercept (OPIN), the US Marshals led fugitive task force, for assistance. OPIN determined Mauldin was staying in a trailer on Pecan Drive and responded to that location yesterday. Upon arriving within the 100 block of Pecan Drive, Deputy U.S. Marshals and Task Force Officers verified with neighbors Mauldin was residing in the area. OPIN approached the residence and knocked on the door. OPIN ultimately made entry into the residence when, Mauldin announced “I have a gun” and was observed inside the residence holding what appeared to be a handgun. OPIN Deputies and Task Force Officers took cover and contacted the Orangeburg County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team for additional assistance. Mauldin refused to come out of the residence and surrender to law enforcement. SWAT team negotiators began negotiating with Mauldin and tried to persuade him to surrender peacefully. Mauldin ultimately attempted to take his own life instead of surrendering. Mauldin is in a local hospital receiving medical care at this time.

Kelvin Washington, U.S. Marshal for the District of South Carolina, stated: “As the days of fall come upon us, and daylight falls short, let it be a sign to all fugitives the U.S. Marshals and our counterparts will continue to pursue you and work day and night to bring you to justice. The magnitude of this case is an exemplary illustration of how well all law enforcement partners worked together. Mauldin chose to run and hide, however, his choice to attempt to take his own life will forever impact our law enforcement community. I commend the efforts of all agencies involved and have compassion for the family members of Mauldin as they monitor his medical condition. If Mauldin is released from the hospital he will ultimately face his pending warrants in the upstate area.”

Established in 1789, the United States Marshals Service is the nation’s oldest federal law enforcement agency. In fiscal 2011, the Marshals arrested more than 36,200 federal fugitives, clearing 39,400 felony warrants and arrested 12,144 sex offenders. Marshal’s Service-led task forces like South Carolina’s Operation Intercept arrested 86,400 state and local fugitives, clearing 113,300 felony warrants. Locally, Operation Intercept arrested over 2,500 South Carolina fugitives during that same period.

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