NORTH MYRTLE BEACH, South Carolina– The North Myrtle Beach Police Department in South Carolina commended Officer Wallace for her swift actions in apprehending a shooting and kidnapping suspect.
While on patrol early last Sunday on Highway 17, Officer Wallace observed a white Jeep running a red light.
She initiated a traffic stop and encountered a female driver and a male passenger.
Recognizing signs of distress in the woman, Officer Wallace acted promptly.
“While the male passenger wasn’t looking at the driver, the female silently mouthed ‘help me’ repeatedly,” posted the department on its Facebook page.
Officer Wallace, upon noticing the distress of the driver, swiftly removed the male passenger from the Jeep and placed him in the back seat of her patrol car.
The driver informed Wallace that the passenger had recently committed a shooting. Shortly after, a police radio alert was issued for the Jeep.
Subsequently, the passenger, identified as 29-year-old Collins Bates, was apprehended and taken into custody.
A Horry County police report stated that Bates shot someone in the stomach outside of The Waterway House, a Myrtle Beach-area restaurant.
He then allegedly forced the Jeep’s driver to drive him away from the scene.
Officer Wallace’s proactive patrol led to the quick apprehension of Collins Bates, who was located within minutes of the initial traffic stop.
The gun found underneath Bates’ seat in the Jeep matched the caliber of the casing found at the shooting scene, as stated in the arrest warrants.
Bates is facing multiple charges, including attempted murder and kidnapping, and he is currently held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center without bond.
The North Myrtle Beach Police Department commended Officer Wallace for her dedication and swift action in apprehending the shooting and kidnapping suspect.