Bonneau, SC – An off-duty police chief was stabbed in the face with an ice pick when he answered a knock at his front door on Monday.
Bonneau Police Chief Franco Fuda said he was at home just before 10 a.m. on Monday when he heard someone knocking, so he opened the front door to see who was there, WCIV reported.
“[You’re] going to die today,” the man standing outside allegedly told the chief, just before he plunged an ice pick into his face, stabbing him below his left eye.
The armed attacker then turned and fled to his nearby home and barricaded himself inside, WCSC reported.
Chief Fuda remained at the scene of the ensuing standoff, despite the bloody wound to his face.
The suspect was quickly identified by police as Forrest Bowman, who was out on bond at the time of the attack, WCSC reported.
According to court records, the prior case involved still-pending charges stemming from allegations that Bowman threatened Chief Fuda two years ago, WCSC reported
A SWAT team responded to the scene on Monday and repeatedly ordered Bowman to surrender, but he refused.
Tear gas was deployed inside the residence at one point, a Berkley County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) spokesperson told WCSC.
Deputies ended up sending a robot into the suspect’s home to attempt to pinpoint his location, but could not find him, WCSC reported.
They went inside and found Bowman hiding between a wall and a mattress just after 12:30 p.m., according to WBTV.
He was naked, bloody, and screaming as officers led him out of the house.
Bowman was charged with multiple offenses, including attempted murder, WCSC reported.
A judge denied bond on Tuesday night, according to WBTV.
In addition to being out on bond for the 2018 threats against Chief Fuda, Bowman was also recently arrested for having threatened the pastor of a church located across the street from his home, WCSC reported.