The sheriff’s department said in a news release that officers were called to the Midway Travel Plaza west of Columbia early Monday after a man refused to leave after he allegedly tried to start a fire.
The release says the man allegedly told a dispatcher that he had a bomb in a backpack and would be waiting for deputies to arrive.
When deputies arrived, the man refused to follow their orders to walk away from the backpack. Deputies shot the man with a beanbag and he was taken to a local hospital.
The Columbia Fire Department Bomb Squad determined the backpack did not contain a bomb.