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Report: Man shot at, hit police officer before standoff Saturday

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MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – Gary Kenneth Stegall was charged Sunday in connection to Saturday's standoff in the Weslin Creek Subdivision, according to J. Reuben Long Detention Center booking records. 

Stegall was charged with criminal domestic violence of a high and aggravated nature, pointing and presenting a firearm, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, use of weapon during a violent crime, assault on a law enforcement officer and taking gun from law enforcement.

Sergeant Robert Kegler, Spokesperson for the Horry County Police Department, said that officers were dispatched to 8803 Gallant Court for a domestic-related call to pick up personal property. During this time, the male involved in the standoff, not yet identified by officials, came home.

According to the police report released Monday, the victim contacted police to be escorted her through the property as she collected some personal items. When the officer arrived, the victim told her that she left the home the night before due to an altercation with Stegall.

The responding officer stayed outside while the victim collected several bags of clothing from inside the house. As the victim left the house and started walking toward her vehicle, Stegall was seen heading towards the front porch with a shotgun, the report states.

The officer and the victim retreated to the patrol car as Stegall apparently began to puncture the victim's tire, the report states.

The officer then drew her handgun, the report states, and Stegall advanced on her, screaming, "Go ahead and shoot me," and "You'll have to kill me." The officer fired several shots towards Stegall, but did not hit him. Stegall then struck the officer several times in the face, causing her to drop her gun.

The officer physically engaged the suspect, the report states, and she was able to get Stegall's gun away from him. He then picked up the officer's handgun, and ran back inside the house.

Additional police units and the HCPD SWAT arrived and after some negotiations, Stegall emerged from the home and surrendered to police, the report states.

The officer reported significant pain to her face and was transported back to the south precinct station.

Officials said the case will be investigated by SLED. 

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