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Coroner identifies man shot, killed by police responding to domestic incident

Source: Jonathan Dick Source: Jonathan Dick

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – One man was shot and killed by police responding to a domestic situation at the Flint Lake Apartments in Horry County, officials confirmed.

Shortly after midnight Friday, one officer responded to a home in the 600 block of East Flintlake Court, where a man inside was reportedly threatening his family with a gun, according to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police.

When officers arrived at the home, he continued to threaten with a gun, Lt. Denis said. The officer challenged the man to put the gun down, but he wouldn’t, so the officer shot the man, and he died.

The ten year law enforcement veteran is now on paid administrative leave with the Horry County Police Department according to Lt. Denis. He says this is routine practice in these types of incidents.

The man who was killed was identified as 32-year-old Brian Stortzum by Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler Friday morning.

A couple of the family members sought medical attention, Lt. Denis said. He did not believe they had obvious injuries, but were overwhelmed by the incident.

One woman was treated at the hospital, but has since been released. Lt. Denis says she is now fine and with her family.

A neighbor told police that the family involved was a mother and three girls who were being threatened by the mother’s boyfriend of six months. Police confirmed that the family was a mother and three daughters, but they did not confirm that the man threatening the family was the boyfriend.

Neighbor Benjamin Horn told news crews at the scene that the daughters ranged in age from 9 years old to about 16 years old. Horn said the man who was killed had been the boyfriend of the mother for about six months, and it was “rocky from the start.”

The State Law Enforcement Division arrived to investigate the officer-involved shooting at about 6:30 a.m. Friday. Spokesperson Thom Berry says SLED is now in charge of the investigation. 

Berry also says this is the 27th officer involved shooting this year in the state of South Carolina. This is the first officer involved shooting involving an Horry County Police officer this year. 

SLED investigated 42 officer involved shootings in 2014. Only one was involving the Horry County Police Department.

The deputy coroner said an autopsy will be performed Friday morning, and a name will be released once the man’s next of kin have been notified.

We looked into Stortzum's criminal history and found Friday morning's events weren't his first domestic incident. 

The Calvert County Sherffs Office out of Maryland tells WMBF News it had an active warrant for Stortzum for failure to pay child support. Maryland judiciary public records show Stortzum has a domestic violence charge in Calvert County as well.

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