MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (September 4, 2014) At 1:21pm officers from the
Mount Pleasant Police Department responded to Ferdinand Court in Dunes West
in reference a suicidal subject, Matthew Cunningham. Officers began patrolling the
area for the vehicle the subject was driving and located it in the parking lot of Detyens
Shipyard. The vehicle was found to be empty so officers resumed their search.
An officer on Ferdinand Court observed a person in a kayak come down the creek and
make his way to the dock located behind the residence. Officers made contact with the
subject, Mr. Cunningham, who was in possession of a firearm. Negotiators and the
SWAT team arrived on scene and began to speak with Mr. Cunningham. At approximately
7:35pm Mr. Cunningham was taken into emergency protective custody and transported to
a local hospital for evaluation.