Police Officer Helps Capture Kidnapping and Murder Suspect
Background and Incident Details
Officer Kayla Wallace of the North Myrtle Beach Police in South Carolina was wrapping up her shift when she ordered a car that had run a red light to pull over. However, the incident quickly escalated when Officer Wallace discovered that the driver had been kidnapped and forced to drive by a man sitting in the passenger seat – who was wanted for murder. A police bulletin explains that when Officer Wallace first interacted with the driver, she noticed that the driver seemed distraught.
When the kidnapper was not looking, the driver asked for help by attempting to get Officer Wallace to read her lips as she repeated, “Help me.” In response, Officer Wallace swiftly removed the suspect from the vehicle and took him to the back seat of her patrol car. Meanwhile, the driver frantically informed Officer Wallace that the passenger had just shot someone.
The Capture of the Suspect
Moments later, Officer Wallace heard an alert over the radio about a vehicle involved in a shooting in the county. The officer called for backup, and other officers arrived to arrest the suspect, identified as 29-year-old Collins Xavier Manning Bates. According to a report by People, Bates had allegedly shot someone and then threatened the woman who was standing nearby, forcing her to lead him away.
Details of Suspect’s Criminal Record
County records show Bates was arrested on five counts of attempted murder, kidnapping, unlawful possession of a weapon, unlawful possession of firearms and ammunition, and possession of a weapon during a crime of violence, as reported by People. Bates had an extensive criminal record.
Police Response and Statement
The police department was grateful for Officer Wallace’s quick thinking and heroic actions, as stated in their statement: “Our department and our community are lucky to have Officer Wallace.” The community was fortunate to have an officer who was alert, attentive, and ready to take quick action to protect and serve the public.
The incident was a stark reminder of the dangers that law enforcement officers face in their line of duty. It also underscored the importance of training and preparedness for unexpected and potentially life-threatening situations. Thanks to Officer Wallace’s bravery and professionalism, a dangerous criminal was taken off the streets, and a victim was rescued.