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Sunhouse shows appreciation for Horry County Police

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Only a few weeks, and a few more miles apart, one community was shaken to its core.

First, a clerk was shot several times and left dead inside a Sunhouse gas station off Highway 905 and Red Bluff Road. 

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Then a few weeks later, another murder at another Sunhouse gas station. 

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This time Trisha Stull was shot and killed behind the Counter.

"The month of January was tough on Sunhouse, very tough. We felt, when's it going to stop?" Explained Gaylon Mullis with Sunhouse.

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It did stop though.

Within a few weeks, Horry County Police tracked down and arrested three men they say are responsible for both killings.

At a recent bond hearing for the men, Gaylon Mullins told every officer in the room one thing.

"I told them if I could buy everybody lunch, I'd buy them lunch,” said Mullis. “So we're doing it."

Wednesday, Mullis and Sunhouse Petroleum hosted anyone and everyone to come by and have a meal and conversation. He wanted to make sure police knew they were appreciated for not only this case, but what they do on a daily basis.

"People just need to understand more or less that police are more friendly than what they come off as,” said David Sanson, another employee in attendance.

So with enough barbeque to feed an entire police force, the community aimed to do just that.

Folks met and chatted with their local officers with the hope of finding respect and understanding on both sides.

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