A suspect in a shooting that left two people injured had dementia and had not been taking his medication, according to police reports of the standoff that ended when the man took his own life.
Officers were called about 12 p.m. Sunday to Lighthouse Church Road for reports of a shooting, according to Horry County police Lt. Raul Denis. Another person who had been inside the house had fled when the suspect pointed the gun at her. She got in her car and urged a nearby witness and infant to get in the car. They called 911 and then went to the end of the road to await police, according to the report.
As the first officer pulled on to the road, they waved him down and said the suspect “was off his meds.” More officers from Horry County and Conway arrived, and authorities learned that two people inside, a 39-year-old man and a 47-year-old woman, had locked themselves in a bathroom. They told dispatchers they thought the suspect was in another part of the house.
Officers helped them climb out a bedroom window and escape. The man, who had stepped in front of the female victim, had been struck with pellets in his upper right arm and shoulder as well as his ribs and back. The woman had minor injuries, according to reports. They were treated and released from a local hospital with minor injuries.
When Horry County’s SWAT officers forced their way into the home, they found the man dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot. Authorities had not released his name Monday night.
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