Report: Man claims 33-year-old killed in Longs area fired shots first

Published: Sep. 11, 2023 at 2:21 PM EDT|Updated: Sep. 12, 2023 at 8:25 PM EDT
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HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) - Newly released documents are shedding light on what may have led to a deadly encounter on Saturday in the Longs area.

The Horry County Police Department was called out just before 6 p.m. to the intersection of Camp Swamp Road and Highway 9.

Police were told shots had been fired, and both parties were still on the scene.

Neighbor Jim Montgomery said he saw the flashing police lights but didn’t realize someone had been shot and killed.

“We thought it was a bad wreck but come to find out it was a shooting. I mean it’s just getting out of hand around here,” Montgomery said.

The coroner’s office revealed that 33-year-old Scott Spivey from Tabor City had been shot and killed at the intersection.

During the investigation, an officer spoke with the driver of a white Dodge truck. The man claimed that Spivey, who had been driving the black truck at the scene, jumped out of the truck and started shooting.

The man said he fired back and told the officer he thought Spivey was dead, according to an incident report.

The incident report states that police found Spivey dead with a handgun “just under his hand.”

Police secured the guns from the driver and the passenger of the white truck and then made it over to the black truck, where the driver was hunched over the center console.

While the investigation continues into the shooting, Montgomery said it’s upsetting that someone lost their life on Saturday night.

“My heart goes out to the person, 33-year-old man. He got shot, he lives in Tabor City. It happens right here, you think it happened somewhere else but it’s happening around here all the time now,” Montgomery said.

As of now, no arrests have been made in the case.