Following Shooting, South Carolina Police Officer Rescues Kidnapped Woman After Hints Of Distress Tipped Her Off During Traffic Stop

A South Carolina police officer is being celebrated for preventing a kidnapping after picking up on the subtle hints that the captured woman was giving the officer. 

The incident itself occurred on Sunday, May 28th, when Officer Wallace was patrolling along U.S. Highway 17 in North Myrtle Beach in the morning. At around 5:30 am, Wallace pulled over a white Jeep that had run a red light at an intersection along the highway.

The South Carolina police officer began her usual routine of asking for information on the driver but noted that the female passenger of the vehicle “appeared distressed,” more than people usually are after being pulled over. Whenever the male driver of the vehicle looked away from the female, she would frequently mouth “help me” towards Officer Wallace. 

Wallace responded by bringing the man into her patrol car and then speaking with the woman in the vehicle. The woman “frantically” informed the officer that the man in the patrol car had just shot someone.

With some incredible timing, shortly after the traffic stop, dispatchers put out a BOLO (be on the lookout) for a car that was recently involved in a shooting outside of The Waterway House, which is a restaurant in the Myrtle Beach area. 

The man in this incident has now been identified as 29-year-old Collins Bates and he has been arrested in connection with the shooting. It was also learned that Bates was unlawfully in possession of a pistol that was discovered in his vehicle. 

The North Myrtle Beach Police Department shared the incident on their Facebook, praising Officer Wallace for remaining dedicated to her work “​​even to the last 30 minutes of her shift.” The post recounting the incident finished with “Our department and our community is lucky to have Officer Wallace. Great Job!”

Wallace’s reaction and heroism saved an innocent woman from horrors that happily remain unknown. Without smart and brave officers like Officer Wallace in the police force, who knows what terrible stuff could be allowed.
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