Trooper investigated for shooting during Atlantic Beach Bikefest

North Myrtle Beach, SC - By Trey Paul - bio | email

NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating after a state trooper fired shots at a car after it drove away during a traffic stop.

According to a spokesman with the Department of Public Safety, it happened Saturday night at about 11 p.m. near the intersection of 46th Avenue South and US-17 in North Myrtle Beach.

"Never heard anything like that happening here," Sandy Hansen said.

Investigators say two troopers were directing traffic for the Atlantic Beach Bikefest.

They say one of them noticed an SUV that was stopped with three people inside.

As the trooper moved closer, investigators say he smelled marijuana and reached inside the vehicle to possibly turn it off.

When he did, investigators say the driver took off while the trooper was holding on to the car.

That is when investigators say the trooper shot at the car. Two bullets struck the driver's door and one in the left rear quarter panel.

The car was later found abandoned in a parking lot in Barefoot Landing.

"I think that's reasonable," Hansen said.

Victor Furr, who lives a block from where it happened, says he disagrees.

"Personally I think he might have done something else if they did not threaten his life with a firearm," Furr said.  "To me, due to the bike rally and everything it could have been very dangerous for other pedestrians and people around shooting into a vehicle that's moving in that area."

The trooper has been placed on administrative leave until SLED has completed their investigation.

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