Authorities: Man threatened to ‘kill,’ ‘shoot’ officers during Horry County traffic stop

Authorities: Man threatened to ‘kill,’ ‘shoot’ officers during Horry County traffic stop
Kevin Coyne (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A Horry County man was arrested over the weekend for allegedly threatening law enforcement officers during a traffic stop.

Online records from the J. Reuben Long Detention Center state 57-year-old Kevin Robert Coyne was booked Jan. 22 on charges of threatening the life, person or family of a public employee, and public disorderly conduct. He was released on Jan. 23 on a $500 bond.

According to a report from the Horry County Police Department, officers saw a vehicle being operated without taillights in the area of Holmestown Road and S.C. 707 around 10:14 p.m. on Jan. 22.

During a traffic stop, officers said they could smell an odor of alcohol coming from the driver. When asked if the driver had anything to drink that day, she allegedly said she had some beer and shots at the restaurant she and the passenger had just left, the report stated.

The passenger, identified as Coyne, got out of the vehicle and started walking toward a building, authorities said. The report stated he was asked several times to have a seat on the curb, but refused to cooperate.

An arrest warrant stated Coyne made threats to “kill” and “shoot” officers after being arrested for public disorderly conduct. The threats were captured on officers’ body cameras, according to law enforcement.

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