NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WBTW) — A police report obtained by News13 on Friday revealed new details about what led up to a man exchanging gunfire with North Myrtle Beach police officers.

William Joshua Alston was taken into custody just before 1 p.m. and taken to a hospital after an hours-long search that began when he exchanged gunfire with officers who were serving a warrant.

He’s charged with two counts of attempted murder, two counts of first-degree domestic violence, first degree assault and battery, kidnapping, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of anabolic steroids, according to online jail records.

An officer noticed Alston’s vehicle in a parking lot at Ironwood Condos and recognized he had active felony warrants, according to the report. Officials said Alston had warrants for domestic violence and kidnapping.

Alston was seen behind the building ducking behind a green electric box, according to the report. Police told Alston to show his hands and Alston began shooting at the officers, who returned fire. Alston then ran away before he was found hiding at Briarcliff RV Resort under a trailer, according to the report.

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The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Horry County Police Department assisted in the search.

Separate police reports obtained Friday by News13 detail Alston’s domestic violence accusations. On July 3, Alston is accused of waking up a woman by pointing a muzzle suppressor of a rifle against her chest and threatened a second woman who was also in bed, according to the report.

Alston allegedly said that he watched the two women at Crooked Hammock earlier in the night and said he had four hours to think of a plan while he drove to get his weapons, according to the report.

Alston reportedly said he could kill both victims “and that no one would have known due to it being dark and him having suppressed weapons,” the report states.

He was also previously accused of domestic violence in June when he was accused of breaking a woman’s ribs, according to a separate police report.


All officers are OK, according to police. No officers were hit by gunfire.

Alston was found with a gunshot wound to his foot, according to SLED. However, it has not been specified who shot him.

Residents in that area were evacuated and brought to North Myrtle Beach Fire Station 5.

SLED will be investigating the shooting.

No other information was immediately available. Count on News13 for updates.