Officer Shot While Responding to Domestic Dispute Call in Myrtle Beach

Police Chief J. Phillip Webster reported that one of his officers is currently recovering from a gunshot wound to the foot that he sustained when a suspect fired upon him. The wounded officer is one of three who responded to an emergency call that sent them to Bellamy Rd. near U.S. Hwy. 17 and Newport Drive. As soon as they arrived on the scene, the suspect opened fire. The responding officers returned fire.

AR-140929717According to police reports, the shooter was Earnail Michael Godold, age 52, who lives in North Myrtle Beach. After firing on the officers, Godbold jumped into a pick-up truck and started driving down Hwy. 17. Police were able to stop him near 8th Ave. N. They promptly arrested him. He was brought to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Charges of attempted murder, possession of a firearm by prohibited person, domestic violence first degree, possession of a weapon during a violent crime, and assault and battery first degree have been filed against him.

Reports also indicate that the bullet that struck the officer in the foot was in fact fired from the suspect’s gun.

North Myrtle Beach Public Information Officer Pat Dowling told members of the press that the reason for the initial call was a domestic dispute. They state that when they arrived on the scene, two women, Godbold’s wife and daughter, came out of the house to meet the officers before Godbold started firing. Dowling stated that Godbold may have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

1412004737000-phxdc5-6h8637kg6j71ckesxedu-originalWhen the police department took steps to secure the gun Godbold was using when their fellow officer was shot, they also seized some of his property which they brought to the Horry County Police Department. Once the proper warrants had been issued, officers inspected the personal property they’d collected and discovered that some of it maybe explosive. The police department was vacated.

“A temporary restriction of movement at the rear of HCPD property and employees were advised to stay away from that area,” explains Lt. Denis.

Bomb Squad Technicians were able to work on the devices, eliminating the potential of them detonating, and making it safe for everyone to return to the police station.

1451160973841“This is a scary story that could have had a far worse ending,” said Joseph Sandefur, managing partner of a top personal injury firm with an office headquartered in Myrtle Beach. “I’m grateful that no one was hurt worse during the altercation. I urge anyone who has been caught in a similar situation and was injured to seek legal counsel.”

According to, even if criminal charges weren’t filed against a person who you feel was responsible for you sustaining an injury, you may still have ground to file a personal injury lawsuit against them which would make it possible for you to recoup your medical bills and lost wages. If awarded a settlement, you’ll likely also get additional money for the pain and suffering you endured.



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