Former Deputy Arrested

SLED called to assist

Lee Rogers
March 01, 2019 - 12:08 pm

The Oconee County Sheriff's Office issued the following press release Thursday:

On February 27, 2019 at 10:00 A.M. Oconee County Deputies went to the apartments at 1500 S. Oak St. in Seneca SC to carry out an order of eviction on Joshua Underwood.


During the process of the eviction, Mr. Underwood was located in a back bedroom of the apartment and refused to leave the residence. Mr. Underwood led deputies to believe that he was armed with a gun which resulted in a standoff between deputies and Mr. Underwood.

Due to the fact that Mr. Underwood was a prior deputy sheriff with the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Mike Crenshaw requested the assistance of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division to help with the incident. SLED agents responded to the scene and were able to peacefully negotiate the surrender of Mr. Underwood around 1:45 P.M. 

Mr. Underwood was charged with opposing or resisting law enforcement officer serving process and transported to the Greenville County Detention Center to be held until his bond hearing at the Oconee County Detention Center.

Oconee County deputies went forward with the eviction and one 40. caliber handgun was located and secured by deputies during the eviction process. Underwood was transported to the Oconee Detention Center this morning for a bond hearing before the Magistrate. Bond has been set at $50,000 surety with a condition of ankle monitoring if the defendant makes bond.

The Sheriff’s Office appreciates the assistance of SLED, Seneca Police Department, Seneca Fire Department, and Oconee EMS for their help in resolving this incident. 

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