Bond denied for man accused of shooting at Carolina Forest neighborhood security guard

Published: Mar. 22, 2023 at 9:57 AM EDT|Updated: Mar. 22, 2023 at 6:34 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Bond was denied Wednesday morning for the suspect in the shooting of a Carolina Forest security guard.

A security guard with Phoenix Security Solutions was shot on March 12 while attempting to dissolve a dispute between two neighbors.

According to the report, the suspect, Brent Freeman, 37, of Myrtle Beach, allegedly shouted a threat to kill his neighbor and pointed a shotgun at his neighbor and the neighborhood security guard.

The arrest warrant obtained by WMBF News states Freeman went inside his home during the altercation with the neighbor and returned with a long gun.

The guard, Ricky Wise, then drew his weapon, telling the suspect to drop the shotgun.

Recorded video shows Freeman kneeling, aiming and firing the gun at someone (name redacted by the Horry County Police Department).


Freeman then allegedly fired the shotgun at the guard, striking him in the face from about 25 feet away. Wise was able to take cover but was also shot again in the back of the head. According to the company, Freeman allegedly fired the shotgun at least eight times.

Phoenix Security Solutions said Wise returned fire, hitting Freeman three times with his handgun, and “was able to successfully subdue the armed subject.”

HCPD officers and Horry County Fire Rescue personnel arriving on the scene apprehended the suspect. Both the suspect and the guard were taken to the hospital.

Police: 2 hurt after assault, shooting in Carolina Forest neighborhood
Police: 2 hurt after assault, shooting in Carolina Forest neighborhood(WMBF)

Wise was released from the hospital a few days later. The HCPD warrant says Wise was “struck in the head with several penetrating wounds from shotgun pellets.”

He said he is glad that his training and his protection instincts kicked in during the altercation.

“You never know what you walked into being an armed guard,” said Wise.

Freeman, who has not previously been identified, is charged with common law robbery, strong arm robbery, malicious injury to real property value over $5000, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and attempted murder.

He’s additionally charged with possession of a destructive device after warrants state police found two Molotov cocktails in Freeman’s home after a search warrant was obtained.

A judge denied bond for Freeman on Wednesday. He remains at J. Rueben Long Detention Center.