Neighbor: Man fired at car with shotgun after argument

William Hodges (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
William Hodges (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) A Conway man is accused of threatening to kill his neighbor and then firing at her vehicle with a shotgun after an argument over driving habits Friday evening.

Officers with the Horry County Police Department were dispatched to the 200 block of Duck Cove Road around 5:30 p.m. for a complaint of an assault, according to a police report obtained by WMBF News. When they arrived on scene, they learned from another officer that the suspect, 37-year-old William Hodges, had been agitated and placed into investigative detention.

The victim told officers Hodges threatened to kill her and then fired a shotgun at her vehicle from his front porch as she drove by. According to the victim, the two had been in an argument after Hodges ran her off the roadway.

She told police she was certain Hodges pointed the shotgun at her.

When they spoke with Hodges, he claimed he and his son were leaving his home to do some shooting when the gun went off by accident.  He also told police he never pointed the gun at the victim or her vehicle.

Officers then inspected the victim's vehicle and found three small dents with chipped paint consistent with the size of shot from a birdshot shotgun shell near a headlight.

Hodges was placed under arrest for malicious injury to property and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. A 12 gauge pump shotgun, one spent shotgun shell and two live shotgun shells were seized by police.

When a family member responded to take custody of Hodges son, the family member allegedly told police Hodges recently shot at some people who were driving a golf cart through his yard.

He was released from jail two days later.

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