Longs man charged in fatal shooting of 22-year-old man

troot@thesunnews.comMarch 6, 2014 

Tyrone Ford

A 44-year-old Longs man has been charged with murder and weapons charges in connection with the shooting death of a 22-year-old man Monday night, according to authorities.

Tyrone Ford, 44, of Longs has been charged with murder, first-degree burglary, unlawful possession of a pistol and possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, according to records with J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Ford was booked into the jail at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday and is being held pending a bond hearing.

Ford is charged in connection with the shooting death of 22-year-old Jamey Dashaun Lewis, who also is from the Longs area of Horry County.

Lewis died Monday night after he was shot about 7 p.m. Monday along Star Bluff Road, authorities said.

Horry County police have investigating the shooting and Lewis’ death, but have not released any details about the circumstances. On Wednesday, Lt. Robert Kegler said a person was in custody in the shooting, but the suspect had used several aliases and police had to determine his real name and identity.

According to a records check with the State Law Enforcement Division, Ford was first arrested in December 1998 by North Myrtle Beach police and charged with simple assault and battery and fined $286. Horry County police charged Ford in May 1999 with possession with intent to distribute cocaine and simple possession of marijuana and he was ordered to serve six years in prison, but that sentence was suspended upon his service of three years probation.

In February 2005, Ford was charged by Horry County and North Myrtle Beach police with receiving stolen goods, but records did not show where those charges had been resolved. In January 2008, North Myrtle Beach police also charged Ford with possession of crack cocaine and open container, in which Ford was ordered to serve a day in jail and pay court costs.

Anyone with information about the incident can call 915-TIPS.

Contact TONYA ROOT at 444-1723 or follow her at Twitter.com/tonyaroot.

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