Conway man, woman charged in police chase, shooting near Aynor

troot@thesunnews.comSeptember 16, 2013 

— A Conway man and woman are facing charges related to a weekend police chase and shooting along S.C. 22 that involved a S.C. Highway Patrol officer, according to Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler.

Richard Lee Cochran IV, 20, and Shannon Marie Keiser, 33, both of Conway are jailed at J. Reuben Long Detention Center and charged in connection with the incident that occurred about 6 p.m. Saturday, Kegler said.

Cochran is charged with three counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during violent crime, resisting arrest with a deadly weapon, unlawful carrying of a pistol and failure to stop for a blue light, Kegler said. Keiser is charged with obstructing justice.

Cochran also faces charges of driving without a license and a seatbelt violation from the S.C. Highway Patrol in the incident.

Both were being held Monday the jail, according to jail records.

Horry County police were called at 6:10 p.m. Saturday to the area of S.C. 319 and Enoch Road in the Aynor area to help a trooper who was involved in a vehicle pursuit, Kegler said.

A trooper tried to stop a vehicle for a traffic violation, but the driver sped away and a person inside the vehicle fired a gun at officers during the incident, said Cpl. Sonny Collins with the S.C. Highway Patrol.

Horry County officers joined the trooper to help in the vehicle chase and the chase went along S.C. 319 and then onto S.C. 22, Kegler said. The vehicle struck a guardrail on S.C. 22, but continued for a short time.

During the chase police said Cochran shot out the car window and a bullet struck the trooper’s vehicle, Kegler said. The vehicle then drove into a grassy area and police said Cochran got out of the car and shot at police as he fled into a nearby wooded area.

Officers shot back at Cochran, but no one was hurt during the incident, authorities said.

Keiser was a passenger in the vehicle and tried to run away when it stopped, but she was taken into custody, Kegler said. Cochran was taken into custody about 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Officers from Horry County and Aynor set up a perimeter in the area and bloodhound tracking teams from Horry County and the State Law Enforcement Division searched the area.

A helicopter from SLED also helped search the area and regional agents responded to provide assistance, said Thom Berry, a SLED spokesman. SLED agents are investigating the officer involved shooting incident, which is normal protocol, he said.

A SLED records check showed that Cochran was charged on May 14 by Myrtle Beach police with shoplifting less than $2,000 and he pleaded guilty on May 22 and was sentenced to 20 days in jail.

In January, Horry County police charged Cochran with two counts of petty larceny and one count of assault on a police officer while resisting arrest. In March, Cochran pleaded guilty to petty larceny and was sentenced to time served.

In March 2012, Cochran was convicted of third-degree assault and battery and ordered to serve 30 days in jail, according to records.

Records also show that in the last year, Keiser was charged on Oct. 8, with resisting arrest, possession of burglary tools, shoplifting under $2,000, contempt of court and failure to appear, according to records. On June 13, she was charged with forgery with a value more than $10,000, financial transaction card fraud and two counts of obtaining goods under false pretenses.

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