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Woman mouthing 'help me' to officer leads to shooting suspect

A man was arrested on kidnapping and attempted murder charges following the incident in the resort town of North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.
Woman mouthing 'help me' to officer leads to shooting suspect
Posted at 10:18 AM, Jun 09, 2023

A woman who mouthed "help me" to an officer during a traffic stop led to the arrest of a shooting suspect.

The North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Police Department said Officer Kayla Wallace pulled over a car in late May for disregarding a red light. The department said as Wallace talked to the driver and the male passenger, the female driver mouthed "help me" to the officer repeatedly while the passenger wasn’t looking.

The department said Wallace removed the passenger and placed him in her patrol car. The driver then "frantically" told Wallace that the passenger had just shot someone.

Immediately after that, an alert went out on the radio indicating that officers should be on the lookout for the suspect involved in that shooting, officials said. 

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"Due to Officer Wallace proactively patrolling the streets of North Myrtle Beach, even to the last 30 minutes of her shift, a suspect in a shooting was arrested and an unlawfully carried pistol was recovered underneath the suspect's seat," the department wrote on its Facebook page. "Our department and our community is lucky to have Officer Wallace." 

WMBF-TV reported that Collins Bates was arrested in connection with the shooting and kidnapping of the passenger. According to Horry County court records, Bates is facing multiple criminal charges, including kidnapping, attempted murder, and illegal possession of a weapon.

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