MYRTLE BEACH — Police arrested a Myrtle Beach man Saturday after witnesses reported hearing several gunshots shortly before 3 a.m.
Jared Kane Stoltzfus, 36, of Myrtle Beach is charged with discharging a firearm within the city.
According to a Myrtle Beach police incident report, an officer responded to the 4600 block of Wild Iris Drive at about 2:50 a.m. for a report of shots fired but said he did not see any evidence of an injury or shell casings. A woman approached the officer and told him that she escorted Stoltzfus home after a party in the area because he was intoxicated.
While inside, she told the officer that Stoltzfus loaded a handgun while it was pointed at her and then pointed it at himself as she was leaving. She told the officer she did not believe he pointed the gun at her intentionally. She said she went back to a friend’s house and heard four or five gunshots, when she called police.
The Myrtle Beach police officer, with the assistance of an Horry County police officer, went to Stoltzfus’s apartment and saw the door was open. After there was no answer the officers’ knocking, the officers went inside and Stoltzfus told them he was in the bathroom.
Officers said they were unable to question him because he was highly intoxicated. Officers said they found a Forty-Nine 9mm handgun leaded with one round in the chamber and two rounds in the magazine as well as one round on the floor and an empty magazine. Officers said they saw five used shell casings on the floor near the back porch.
Emergency medical services responded, examined Stoltzfus and determined that was not a threat to himself. Officers did not see find anything to be damaged by the gunshots.
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