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Police conclude fatal shooting in Green Sea was justified self-defense

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Brian A Gaddy was arrested at the scene of the shooting for an unrelated charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. Source: HCPD Brian A Gaddy was arrested at the scene of the shooting for an unrelated charge of unlawful possession of a firearm. Source: HCPD

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – Horry County Police have concluded that the fatal shooting of a 29-year-old man in Green Sea last week was a justifiable act of self-defense, and no charges will be made.

A 29-year-old man was found shot to death at a residence on Olive Drive in the Green Sea section of Horry County Thursday night, police confirmed.

Kendale Jermain Herring, from Green Sea, sustained fatal gunshot wounds and was pronounced dead at the scene, according to Horry County Deputy Coroner Tony Hendrick.

On Monday, police stated that a 22-year-old man from Lumberton shot Herring, and that the facts in the case prove that it was an act of self-defense. This was corroborated by the evidence and witness statements, police stated in a news release.

“Our prosecutorial team at the Horry County Solicitor’s Office agreed with this finding and the determination to close this case without charges on the grounds of self-defense,” the release states.

According to Herring’s friends, he was shot after an altercation during a card game, in the backyard of the home.

At about 9:30 p.m., Horry County Police officers responded to the home and found the man deceased from a gunshot, according to a news release from Horry County Police. Officers determined the shooter had left the scene.

In the police report, officers describe the situation as volatile and emotional for all involved. Officers also called it chaotic, saying about 20 to 30 people were present.

The victim's friends described the horror of seeing Herring’s body laying by the steps of the home. A day later, still forced to stare at a bullet they say was left behind. The hardest part, is that friends feel this is a crime which could have been avoided.

“You know they could have talked it over,” Friend Lorea Alford said. “Violence is everywhere, but you know sometimes you've got to know when to walk away."

"This is a senseless crime and I hope everybody learns from this,” a friend who wishes to remain anonymous said. “There's too much crazy stuff going on, and we need real men these days, instead of pulling out a gun so you can live to tell the story the next day."

During the investigation, an officer was informed that a person there had a gun in his possession. The officers detained 26-year-old Brian A. Gaddy, of Loris, and found that he was illegally possessing a firearm. Gaddy arrested and booked at the Horry County Detention Center pending a warrant for unlawful possession of a firearm.

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