The coroner's office has identified the 49-year-old man who died after being shot by Horry County police Wednesday night.

Horry County Deputy Coroner Patty Bellamy identified him as Wade Phillips, originally Virginia.

In a tweet sent out Wednesday night, the Horry County Police Department confirmed (HCPD) the agency was responding to an incident on Amberwood Court and asked community members to avoid the area.

The state Law Enforcement Division (SLED) announced that gunfire was exchanged between Phillips and two officers from the HCPD who had responded to a disturbance call.

According to a police report, authorities responded after a suspect threatened to harm several neighbors in the community.

"Dispatch advised that the suspect had threatened to kill the caller's husband and she was concerned for their safety," the report said.

Officers spoke to the neighbors involved and were confronted in the street by the suspect, who had a firearm, according to the report.

Phillips was shot during the confrontation with law enforcement, and he died from his injuries. No Horry County officers were hurt in the shooting.

Interviews are being conducted with the responding officers and others, according to SLED. The state agency is handling the investigation.

The two officers involved remain on paid administrative leave, Horry County spokeswoman Kelly Moore said.


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John and Gigi in Statesville

Well, Let's defund the Police and then exercise our second amendment right. We can longer tolerate "Police Brutality" but we can exercise our constitutional right to keep and bear arms. Just as I am now exercising my right to freedom of speach.

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