Police roundup | Dog shot and killed by man’s neighbor



Dog shot and killed by man’s neighbor

An off-duty Myrtle Beach police officer who shot and killed his neighbor’s dog will not face charges, according to Horry County police.

Sgt. Robert Kegler of Horry County police said charges won’t be filed against the officer, Benjamin Wilson, because he shot the dog on his own property.

Calls to the dog’s owner were not immediately returned Wednesday.

Police said Benjamin Wilson returned to his home in the Southgate subdivision in Carolina Forest with his wife and two young children in the car about 3 p.m. Tuesday when he heard his dog and his neighbor’s dog barking in the back yard.

The neighbor’s dog approached Wilson’s vehicle in his driveway on Gatewick Court, trapping his wife and kids inside, police said. In a phone interview Wednesday, Wilson, who has been a Myrtle Beach police officer for about five years, said his wife couldn’t open the door without the dog growling so he went inside and grabbed a .22 caliber rifle – not his police issued weapon.

Once outside, the dog had left and Wilson took his family inside before going to the back yard to remove his dog from a chain outside.

That’s when the neighbor’s dog returned and acted aggressively and started to charge, the report said. Wilson fired one shot into the ground, but the dog was not deterred, so he shot the dog three times killing it.

Wilson said they’ve been living in the home a little more than a year and has had similar problems with the dog before.

“I have called the police on the dog, I’ve talked to the owner twice,” he said. “It was an ongoing thing. This time he tried to attack me.”


Man charged in teen’s shooting death

A 21-year-old man turned himself in to police Wednesday in connection with the death of a Loris teen last week.

Anthony James Phillips, of Loris, is charged with voluntary manslaughter in the death of 19-year-old Travis Prince.

Prince was shot about 10:30 p.m. on Nov. 16 and died about 1:30 a.m. Saturday morning, said Horry County Coroner Robert Edge.

Prince, Phillips and two others were in car behind a home on Blue Bird Road when the shooting occurred, according to an Horry County police report.

The group had a .38 caliber revolver and loaded it with four bullets when Phillips accidentally pulled the trigger striking Prince, police said.

A parent inside the house was immediately woken up and Prince was taken to the emergency room where he later died.


Local worker takes counterfeit bill

A worker at a Myrtle Beach restaurant was the victim of fraud in the form of a counterfeit bill Tuesday night, according to a report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

Police were called to a business at 1901 N. Kings Highway around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday night in reference to the fraud, and were told that the victim had received a counterfeit $20 bill, the report said.

The complainant, who employs the victim, said the victim does not speak English and had received the bill at an unknown location and time.

The complainant said the employee asked why the bill was not accepted when he tried to make a purchase with it at a local store, the report said. The complainant said he realized the bill appeared to be illegitimate and contacted police.

The officer observed that the illegitimate bill appeared to be printed on paper rather than fabric, did not have a security strip and no visible watermarks, the report said.


Television stolen from apartment office

Myrtle Beach police responded to the Bay Point Apartments office on Mako Court where a security alarm had been triggered.

A window at the front of the office had been broken and the screen was removed, according to a police report.

The key holder to the office said the only thing missing was a $500 LG television. Police are investigating.



Benefit Saturday for teen hit by car

The Wild Horse Saloon on S.C. 707 is hosting a benefit for a St. James High School student who was hit by a car while walking on the side of the road in October.

Julie Rose, with the bar, said there will be raffles and a silent auction full of items donated by local businesses. The items include a car.

Marissa Reed, 16, is still recovering from serious injuries sustained in the crash Rose said.

The benefit is from 1 to 6 p.m. at the bar across the street from St. James High School. Proceeds will help the family cover medical bills.


Fundraiser set for late singer’s family

A memorial fundraiser for Billy Scott will be held on Friday at Fat Harold’s Beach Club in North Myrtle Beach.

The Craig Woolard Band is working to raise money to offset some of the hospital and care bills that accumulated during Scott’s battle with cancer. DJ Ray Scott is going to emcee.

Fat Harold’s is located at 212 Main St., in North Myrtle Beach.

From staff reports