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.



Florida Gas Station Attendant Injured by Work Safe

When an employee at Seems Shell Gas Station reached into the safe, he never dreamt that he would become so badly injured he’d require medical care, yet that’s exactly what happened. The awkward angle the man’s hand made it impossible for him to extract it. Eventually the Lauderhill Fire Rescue crew was called in to assist.


It was 4:45 pm, nearly two hours after the employee initially got stuck, before the fire rescue team was able to free his arm and made sure he was sent to the hospital for treatment.


“During the time that we were trying to get him out, he was in excruciating pain,” Div. Chief Jeff Levy said. “We had to give him medication. The doctors from the emergency room gave us orders to give him some medication to try to dull the pain, but it didn’t help. He was in a lot of pain.”

imageWhen his co-workers were interviewed, they admitted that the safe had been difficult to use, but this was the first time anyone had become stuck while trying to place money inside of it.

“It sounds as if this young man has amble grounds to file a personal injury case against his employer, and possibly even the safe maker,” personal injury attorney Joe and Martin said when he learned about the case.

Employers have a responsibility to keep both their customers and their employees as safe as possible, which includes making sure that all of the equipment their employees come into contact can be safely handled. In this situation, as soon as it was obvious that the safe was becoming difficult to use, it should have been replaced. Most company wants to gain as much profit as they can regardless of anything, but safety should come first before any profit.

Since the injury took place during working hours while using a piece of work property to perform a work related task, the employer is legally required to make sure that the employees medical bills related to the safe injury are paid and will also have to compensate for any loss wages.

It’s up to the employee to decide if he would also like to sue his employer for the pain and suffering he had to endure while he was trapped in the safe. If he decides to do so, he will want to consult with a personal injury lawyer such as Joe and Martin and discuss the legal options available to him.


If the personal injury lawyer decides that there’s grounds for a case, they’ll launch an investigation that will help determine exactly how negligent the boy’s employers were and also whether the safe was a defective design, which would allow the boy to name the safe maker as a co-defendant in the case.

Once the personal injury claim is filed, the case enters the negotiation phase of the civil court process. During this time the boy’s personal injury lawyer will meet with the insurance companies that represent the defendants and the terms of a settlement will be discussed. According to South Carolina law firm, most of these types of cases are settled outside of court.






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