Police: Man attempts to shoot councilman at church

| October 7, 2009

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – A homeless man has been arrested in Myrtle Beach after police say he attempted to fire a gun at Myrtle Beach Councilman Michael Chestnut outside of a church Monday night.

Police say David Charles McQueen, 64, entered the Sandy Grove Baptist Church on Carver Street, demanding to speak with a preacher. Due to a service already in session, Chestnut told McQueen the pastor was unavailable and could speak with him at a later time. McQueen attempted to re-enter the church, but was escorted out of the building by Chestnut.

Once outside, Chestnut told police McQueen pulled out a gun, pointed it at him and attempted to fire shots in his direction. The gun, however, did not fire any bullets when the suspect attempted to pull the trigger. Chestnut says he immediately called 911, and while he was doing so, McQueen fled from the scene.

After a fellow church member followed McQueen, he was detained by Myrtle Beach Police on Oak Street. Officials say they were able to obtain the weapon used in the crime – a BB gun – which was thrown by McQueen while fleeing the scene.

The suspect now faces a charge of assault with intent to kill.



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