Two people charged in connection with stand off

Two hours into the standoff, SWAT determined that entry into the apartment was necessary.

Horry County Police charged two people in connection with Wednesday's stand off at The Villas of Palmetto Pointe.

Someone was shot about 3 p.m. Wednesday on Palmetto Point Boulevard, and shortly after that police identified the suspect as 24-year-old Michael Jamel Willis.

They chased him on foot to The Villas, where Willis barricaded himself inside an apartment.

Police began negotiating with Willis around 6:15 p.m. Negotiators attempted to make contact for approximately 30 minutes through a PA system in a patrol car with no success. They eventually made contact with one person inside the apartment, identified as 25-year-old Brandon Martell Horton, and within minutes, police say Horton came out of the house voluntarily.

Attempts to make contact with Willis continued through both the PA system and through a rescue phone. After two hours, SWAT determined that entry into the apartment was necessary. Police say they prepared for entry by shooting six canisters of OC Teargas into the residence. They gained entry into the apartment at 8:10 p.m., where Willis was located in the attic and taken into custody.

Willis is charged with Assault and Battery With Intent to Kill, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Felony, and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon.

Brandon Martell Horton is charged with Accessory After the Fact of a Felony.

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