Police: Standoff suspect dies from self-inflicted gunshot wound
Fri, 10 May 2013 13:10:55 GMT —
The suspect involved in Thursday's standoff at a home in Socastee has died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Sgt. Robert Kegler with Horry County police.
He's identified as Dale Omsberg, 63, said Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard.
Just before 5 p.m. Thursday, Horry County police responded to an assault and attempted sexual assault at a home on Aquarius Drive in Crystal Lake mobile home park near Myrtle Beach, Kegler said.
The victim told police she was at her house when Omsberg came up behind her and stuck a stun gun in her back, according to the incident report.
When she tried to get away, he stunned her several more times, she said.
The victim told officers she fell to the floor and Omsberg, "stood over her and kept telling her that he was going crazy." She went on to say Omsberg "told her to take her clothes off several times and told her to kiss him."
Omsberg is a Vietnam veteran and "lately he seemed to be remembering his days in Vietnam," the victim said in the report.
The report goes on to say the victim knew Omsberg for several years and he moved to the area shortly after she did.
After a struggle, the victim was able to get to the front door of her home and once Omsberg let her go, he said he was going home to kill himself, she said.
When officers arrived at the victim's home, Omsberg was not there. The victim did not require medical attention, and a stun gun was recovered from the home.
Officers knew the general area where Omsberg lived, so they headed to Laurel Woods subdivision off Highway 707 just north of Bay Road.
"While officers were trying to verify the address for the suspect they heard what they believed to be muffled gunshots," Kegler explained.
Once police confirmed Omsberg's address with the management company, they set up a perimeter. The SWAT team and negotiators were called to the scene.
For nearly two hours officers tried to make contact with him to no avail, according to Kegler.
"Due to the fact that we heard gunshots and there may be somebody hurt inside the home. Once SWAT team was fully set up, they made entry into the home where they located the suspect who was suffering from a gunshot wound," Kegler said.
Omsberg was taken from the home on a stretcher, and he was breathing at the time, according to Kegler. He later died at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center.
Omsberg spent time in many western states throughout his life, but had been in Horry County since December, according to Deputy Coroner Willard.