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Man arrested after allegedly threatening Myrtle Beach officer with knife

Antonio Wright (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Antonio Wright (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A Georgetown man remained in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center Tuesday following his arrest for allegedly threatening a Myrtle Beach police officer with a large knife.

According to online jail records, Antonio Lee Wright, 35, was charged with attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime. His bond was sent at  $400,000.

A Myrtle Beach Police Department incident report stated the officer was sent to area of 1700 N. Kings Hwy., on Nov. 3 after a report came in of a person carrying a butcher knife up a flight of stairs of a duplex.

When the officer arrived, he found the suspect in the parking lot of a nearby Piggly Wiggly holding a "very large meat cleaver," the report stated.

The suspect reportedly began walking away from the officer and twice made the comment "that if he wanted to shoot him to go ahead and shoot him," according to the report.

Eventually, the officer tried to shoot his Taser at the suspect, as he felt Wright was a danger to himself and others. Neither of the weapon's probes, however, made contact with the man.

The suspect allegedly continued to evade the officer before eventually coming at him while armed with the knife, according to the report.

Wright was subdued after the officer fired the Taser again and this time was successful at restraining the suspect.

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