By DEUCE NIVEN
A suspect in one of three incidents involving gunfire into area homes last Thursday was hit by return fire from a resident and had been arrested.
Edward Deron Riggins, 28, of Tillman Avenue, Tabor City was arrested Thursday, charged in the Thursday night shooting at a neighbor’s home, Columbus County Detention Center officers confirmed.
Charged with discharging a weapon into an occupied dwelling, Riggins was held under a $5,000 bond.
Deputies were called to the Tillman Avenue home of Glenn Bellamy, 55, and his wife Joann Bellamy, at about 11:20 p.m. Thursday, Columbus County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Tatum said.
The Bellamy’s told deputies that Riggins had approached their home, attempted to enter, “then began firing shots into the Bellamy residence,” Tatum said. “Mr. Bellamy fired shots back at Mr. Riggins from inside the residence. Riggins was struck by one of the shots.”
Taken by a private vehicle to an area hospital, Riggins was treated for his injuries before being released into the custody of the Horry County Police Department and booked into the J. Reuben Long Detention Center near Conway early Friday, jail records show.
It appears that Riggins waived extradition proceedings, as he was released from Horry County custody Tuesday afternoon and booked at the Columbus County Detention Center a short time later.
For more on this story and the other residential shooting incidents see tomorrow’s Tabor-Loris Tribune in print and online.