Man charged for firing at Loris patrol car

Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
Source: WMBF News Reporter Will Whitson
Randall Deron Bellamy (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)
Randall Deron Bellamy (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

LORIS, SC (WMBF) - A Loris man has been taken into custody in connection to the shooting at a patrol vehicle in Loris.

According to Chief Joe Vaught of the Loris Police Department, one of his officers was shot at while in his police cruiser in Monday, July 30, but the officer was not hit by the gunfire.

"The car was shot at, so you can say he was in danger," said Horry County Police Sgt. Chip Squires. Loris Police handed the case over to Horry County Police shortly after noticing the bullet hole.

"We'll locate witnesses," Sgt. Squires said. "Whatever evidence we can get from the scene, we'll have it tested and analyzed."

The police report obtained by WMBF News indicates that the officer involved was not aware his car had been fired upon until almost an hour later when he spotted a trespassing suspect. That woman claimed she was only in the area because she saw a post on Facebook that someone was firing at police in the area.

After hearing that the officer remembered the pop he heard earlier, which he though was a firework or debris he ran over with his car. After walking back to his patrol car, the officer noted that the door had been shot, the report states.

The officer could not immediately determine where the shot was fired from or ascertain any other evidence of the crime.

Chief Vaught did not name the officer involved in the shooting. It is also unknown exactly where the officer was positioned when the shooting occurred.

Lt. Debari with the Horry County Police Department confirms to WMBF News that 22-year-old Randall Deron Bellamy of the Loris area is in custody, facing attempted murder charges in connection to the shooting incident.

Bellamy is also charged with malicious injury to animals, personal property and discharging a firearm into a dwelling. His bond has been set at a total of $15,500.

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