A North Myrtle Beach man is out of jail after authorities say he fired a shot through the closed door of his home and killed another man outside on Tuesday night.
The incident happened after 8 pm at a mobile home park off of US 17 near 8th Avenue North near Walgreens, said Pat Dowling, North Myrtle Beach City Spokesman.
While the investigation officially continues, representatives from the 15th Circuit Solicitor’s office advised North Myrtle Beach police, at least right now, to not charge Buchanan with a crime saying the shooting may fall under state law (http://www.sled.sc.gov/ProtectionOfPeople.aspx?MenuID=CWP) that allows someone to use deadly force if it’s “necessary to prevent death, great bodily injury, or the commission of a violent crime.”
Trouble began when a younger man from Little River came to the door of a relatively older man’s home and the pair argued for some time through the door, Dowling said.
Eventually, the man inside the house shot through the closed door and into the chest of the man outside, killing him, according to Dowling.
Randy Buchanan, age 50, admitted to police he shot the man outside his home, Dowling said.
According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden, the man who died was Joshua “Shannon” McCoy. He was 35, and from Little River. An autopsy is scheduled for Wednesday.
Initial reports were that the victim was shot in the neck and was not seriously hurt.. but that turned out not to be the case, Dowling added.