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Coroner identifies man killed in officer-involved shooting in Horry County



Brian Stortzum, 32, of Horry County, has been identified as the person killed in an officer involved shooting at Flintlake Apartments off Arrowhead Boulevard in Horry County, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler.

The cause of death is pending because of the ongoing investigation, Fowler added.

According to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police, officers responded to a domestic dispute at the apartments a little after 11 p.m. Thursday.

Lt. Denis said a man had and gun and was threatening a women and three girls.

"I understand that one of them or more than one of them had ran out of the house in a panic and had communicated to either the 911 center or to someone. They truly believed he was going to kill their mom," said Denis.

After the man refused to drop his gun and continued to threaten the family, he was shot and killed by an officer, according to Denis.

The gun shots and police cars woke up neighbors.

"Around midnight I heard three big pops. It was frightening to know that someone was killed and that something happened so close to where I live, but in this world I live in its not that surprising," said Stephen Zajchowski, neighbor.

One man arrived home to see police cars and caution tape right by his front door.

"It spooked me very much because the closer I got, more police officers were around," Shane Bartlett, neighbor.

Even though it was a scary situation, he still feels safe there.

"I don't think this is something that would happen on a regular basis here. This is a very nice place and I enjoy staying here. It's hard to know that right across the way there someone has passed away. It's tough. It really is," said Bartlett.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating.

The 47-year-old officer who shot Stortzum has approximately 10 years of law enforcement experience. He is on administrative leave while the shooting is investigated.

Stay with us as we work to get you more updates on this story.

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