A Loris man — who reportedly fired a gun, threatened to shoot police and refused to leave his porch — was arrested after a six-hour standoff Sunday night.
Police say 59-year-old Linford McCormick was prohibited from owning a firearm, but officers seized 18 weapons from his home after the standoff.
A woman called Horry County police around 5:45 p.m. Sunday, telling officers that McCormick “was shooting a gun” and had threatened to kill her or any cop who came to their home, according to an incident report.
The location of the standoff was blacked out in the censored Horry County Police Department report. The agency, however, did tweet that its officers were called to the 2300 block of Highway 348 in Loris for a “barricaded” man that night.
Three witnesses told police that McCormick fired a shot and threatened to kill a woman. Two of the witnesses confirmed the shot was fired into the air, according to the report.
A witness told police that McCormick threatened to shoot any police officer who came to his house, and he would “aim for the head.”
An officer who knew McCormick told him they were “coming to check on him to make sure he was okay,” the report stated. Officers say McCormick warned them not to step on his porch.
Law enforcement surrounded the house and noticed a long weapon in McCormick’s possession on the porch, according to the report. The officer who knew McCormick tried to talk him off of the front porch, but police say he wouldn’t budge.
Teams specializing in negotiations, weapons, tactics and explosives were called out to the home to assist in obtaining a peaceful resolution to the standoff, which ended when McCormick surrendered around 11:45 p.m.
McCormick was taken to a local hospital “to be checked out” before he was transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Monday morning, according to the report.
McCormick has been charged with 20 counts of possessing a firearm by an unlawful person.