HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – A 57-year-old man was shot to death in his home on Wednesday, according to the coroner’s office.

Charles Lawrence was shot several times at about 5:10 p.m. on Greenleaf Drive, the chief deputy coroner of Horry County reported on Thursday. He died on the scene and was pronounced dead at 8:45 p.m.

Taylor Ryan Strode, 26, of Conway, has been charged with murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection to the shooting, according to police. Strode appeared in court on Thursday and was sent to Circuit Court since one of the charges carries the possibility of death. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim’s family.

A standoff with the Strode lasted for about two hours on Wednesday, starting at about 5:30 p.m., on Greenleaf Drive. Strode eventually surrendered, police said.

News13 talked with Strode’s ex-girlfriend, Abi Perkins. She says Strode called her while the standoff was happening.

“He basically just called me to say he loved me, that he was sorry, to tell everybody else that he was sorry,” Perkins said. “This was obviously not the situation that he wanted to be in. He was just trying to say goodbye to everybody, make his amends while he could.”

Taylor Strode and Abi Perkins (Source: Courtesy of Abi Perkins)

The mobile command unit, SWAT team, and negotiators helped Horry County Police as officers tried to get the suspect out of the home.

“Because it was initially a shooting incident as the only call for service, we had to get in there to ascertain what exactly had happened,” said Mikayla Moskov, with the Horry County Police Department. “We were then able to surround the location and communicate with an individual who was on the exterior of that home. Ultimately, we were able to take that person into custody.”

Abi Perkins said this post showed up in her feed during the incident. (Source: Courtesy of Abi Perkins)

The name of the person who died has not been released as of Thursday morning.

We’re continuing to follow this story and will provide updates as soon as they are available.

Taylor Strode  (Source: Courtesy of Abi Perkins)


Updated: May 22, 2019 11:08 PM EDT

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WBTW) – Horry County police and Horry County Fire Rescue responded to a shooting incident near Conway on Wednesday.

Horry County PD later confirmed one person died in the incident.

HCPD and HCFR were on scene of a shooting incident near Greenleaf Drive in the Conway area, according to a tweet from HCPD.

SWAT and negotiations teams were also on scene, according to another tweet from HCPD. 

Around 7:20 p.m., police said the situation had been resolved and that one person was taken into custody. 

Officers and EMS crew members will remain on scene for ‘some time’, according to police.

Mikayla Moskov, with HCPD, gave an update on Wednesday evening. 

Officers responded around 5:20 p.m., Moskov said. At least one shot was fired, and a standoff was peacefully resolved as the person involved surrendered. 

A man was taken into custody, Moskov also said. No officers were hurt or involved. Police couldn’t say anything at the time about other injuries. 

At around 9:30 p.m., Horry County PD confirmed a person died in the incident, but did not provide additional details or release any name.

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The situation on Greenleaf Drive near Conway has been RESOLVED.

One person has been taken into custody.

HCPD officers and @hcfirerescue EMS crew members will remain on scene for some time.

The investigation is still ongoing. pic.twitter.com/PAmWmqio2i — Horry County PD (@horrycountypd) May 22, 2019