Fight between Galivants Ferry neighbors ends in one arrest

akelley@thesunnews.comMay 8, 2013 

A fight between two neighbors in Gallivants Ferry Monday evening ended in one arrest, according to an Horry County incident report.

Charles Gary Shelley, 41, is charged with assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. He was released from J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday on $25,000 bail.

Shelley said he was walking to his mailbox about 8 p.m. Monday night when his neighbor, who was across the street, yelled something about his wife calling the S.C. Department of Social Services. When he said his wife didn’t make a call, Shelley said the neighbor walked into his yard and punched him in the head then threw him to the ground and pulled a knife out, the report said.

That’s when Shelley said he grabbed his box blade knife from his pocket and swung at his neighbor.

Shelley’s wife said she tried to break up the fight when the neighbor grabbed her hair and threatened to kill her.

Shelley, his wife and a neighbor who witnessed the fight gave police similar details about what happened, but each changed their stories during the investigation and could not provide written statements, according to the report.

Police said Shelley had no visible injuries.

The neighbor involved in the fight told police Shelley was cursing at him because he thought he had called DSS and that Shelley started the fight, the report said. He told police Shelley’s wife and son tried to hold him down during the fight. He had a cut on his neck that required 11 stitches and a smaller cut on his chest.

The report did not give any details about the alleged call to DSS.

Contact AMANDA KELLEY at 626-0381, or follow her at Twitter.com/TSN_akelley.

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