CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - One man is charged with attempted murder after reports show he fired shots at the police officer who arrested his uncle.
The incident report from Conway Police Department says police responded to the area of Live Oak Street and Leonard Avenue early Saturday morning after receiving a 911 call for medical assistance.
The responding officer did not find anyone in need of help, but after further searching found a man highly intoxicated, and his nephew attempting to take his keys. The nephew wanted his uncle to come inside and go to sleep, but the uncle refused.
More attempts and even more refusals led the officer to arrest the upset uncle for public intoxication, insisting to the nephew that he could not risk letting the drunken man behind the wheel of a car.
After placing the drunken suspect into the back seat of the patrol car, the officer almost immediately called into dispatch to report that shots had been fired, and turned onto Live Oak Street to await for backup.
The officer recalled in the report that he heard several gunshots and after checking his rearview and side mirrors, "saw the muzzle flash of the pistol discharging the rounds."
Horry County Police, the South Carolina Highway Patrol and additional officers with Conway Police responded to assist in the investigation and determine from which direction shots were fired.
Officers entered the residence on Leonard Avenue where the initial 911 call was received to search the home and entered a bedroom in the back of the apartment. They found the nephew of the man arrested for public intoxication prior to the shooting incident in a recliner "acting asleep."
Lifting the mattress, officers located a semi-automatic pistol and determined that the time frame between the initial arrest, the shooting and police response would make it unlikely for the suspect to be asleep.
The nephew, identified as 30-year-old Eron Jordan, was arrested and taken into custody. Booking records at J. Reuben Long Detention Center show Jordan was charged with attempted murder, and his bond has not been set.