HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A man has been charged in connection to a shooting in the Green Sea area that left a pregnant woman gravely injured, officials said.
Dustin Anthony Butler, 34, of Myrtle Beach, is facing charges of attempted murder, first-degree domestic violence, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and possession of a firearm by a person convicted of a violent felony.
The shooting happened on Bay View Road on Jan. 13, 2020. Butler allegedly shot the woman in the head.
According to a press release from Horry County police, Butler was taken into custody by the Laurinburg Police Department several hours after the shooting.
At the time of the shooting, Butler was wanted for another domestic violence incident that happened in November 2019 involving the same victim, the release stated.
Officials said Butler was extradited to Horry County and formally charged in the case on Wednesday, March 25.
“The victim was recently released from the hospital and she is doing well. Her unborn child was unaffected by the incident and the child is expected to arrive later this year. The victim wishes to urge anyone suffering from domestic abuse to contact local authorities - there is help available,” said Mikalya Moskov, Horry County police spokesperson.
Butler is currently being held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center.