SLED investigating Horry County officer-involved shooting
Fri, 20 Jun 2014 03:35:00 GMT —
The man killed in Thursday's officer-involved shooting in Little River was being served an arrest warrant for a criminal sexual assault, according to an Horry County Police Crime Report.
The report indicates that William Workman, Jr., 32, who was killed in the shooting, was accused of the aggravated assault of a 19-year-old woman on June 11.
The report states the woman met Workman through Craig's List a month earlier. According to the report, the woman claims she met Workman at a boat landing off Morgan Avenue and was jet skiing with him before the sexual assault happened.
Police were serving the warrant at Workman's home on Bayberry Drive in Little River around 11 a.m. Thursday when the shooting happened. The report says a woman and two children were inside the home at the time.
Additional officers were dispatched to the shooting and arrived to find Horry County Fire and EMS treating a patient who was lying in the home's doorway, the report said.
That patient was later identified by Horry County Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard as Workman, who lived in the residence where the shooting occurred.
Willard has confirmed Workman died of a gunshot wound.
Sgt. Robert Kegler, of the Horry County Police Department, says the officer involved in the shooting has been put on paid administrative leave.
The State Law Enforcement Division is in charge of the investigation and will be responsible for releasing any additional information about the shooting itself.
Thom Berry, a SLED spokesman, said they are using crime scene technicians and an agent from the regional SLED office to conduct the investigation.
Neighbors we spoke with Thursday were surprised by the chaotic scene in their quiet neighborhood.
"It's a safe neighborhood. I've lived here for seven years. Never had any problems. I really, like I said, was in shock that even the police or anything arrived," said Vicki Vonachen.
Berry said this is the 22nd officer-involved shooting in the state so far this year and the first for Horry County. In 2013 there were 42 and two in Horry County.
One of the officer-involved shootings SLED was called to took place on March 9, 2013 when an Horry County officer was taking a woman to a home off of Holmestown Road to pick up some personal property after a domestic situation.
The second incident SLED was called to last year in the county took place on September 14, 2013 and involved two men who refused to stop for a Highway Patrolman.