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NMB officer-involved shooting suspect found with gunshot wound to foot, SLED says

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The search for an officer-involved shooting suspect has come to an end.

William Joshua Alston was captured by police at the Briarcliffe RV Resort. He is being taken to the hospital after officials confirmed that he is wounded.

He was found with a gunshot wound to his foot and was taken to the hospital for the injuries, according to a release from South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).

The shooting took place around 2 a.m., while officers were serving domestic violence and kidnapping warrant towards Alston, according to authorities. That's when Alston reportedly fired at police, who then fired back.

A release confirmed that NMB officers were not struck by gunfire and are okay.

For several hours Thursday morning, law enforcement blocked off streets in the area of Tanglewood Barefoot Resort and Ironwood Complex while they searched for Alston.

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Around 10:30 a.m., police moved their search from the Barefoot Resort area to Briarcliffe RV Resort area where residents were asked to take shelter. Around 12 p.m., the Briarcliff RV Resort’s shelter in place order was lifted. And at 1:20 p.m., officials confirmed to us that he had been captured in that area.

Officials say there is no longer a threat to the community.

According to a SLED background check, Alston was convicted in 2019 of obtaining signature by false pretenses. He was sentenced to 30 days or a fine of $500.

In March 2022, he was arrested for check fraud and obtaining signature by false pretenses. He was also charged with being a fugitive, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center.

At that time, he was given a $3,000 bond and released three days after his arrest.

SLED said the incident was the 19th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2022 and the first officer-involved shooting involving the North Myrtle Beach Police Dept. this year. In 2021, there was 40 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, none of which involved the North Myrtle Beach Dept.

There are no further details to release at this time.

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