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Bond denied for Chesterfield County Courthouse shooting suspect

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Gary Phillips/Landmark News Services

PAGELAND – A Chesterfield County man remains jailed without bond after allegedly shooting two people outside the Chesterfield County Courthouse on Feb. 13 and leading police on a  chase.

Curtis Brent Gorney, 54, of Cheraw, is believed to have pulled up outside the courthouse on Chesterfield’s Main Street at 12:20 p.m. that day and opening fire on 21-year-old Olivia Weaver and her stepfather, Donnie Nolan. Gorney then fled the area west on S.C. 9 with sheriff’s deputies in pursuit.

Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office Staff Sgt. Timmy Knight reported Gorney was passing cars in no-passing zones, and forced some motorists off the road. 

When the deputy tried to get in front of Gorney to slow him down, Gorney swerved his pickup truck to keep Knight behind him. 

The chase continued through Ruby and Mt. Croghan, where Chesterfield Police Chief Eric Hewitt attempted to block the highway, but Gorney maneuvered around him and sped off toward Pageland.

Deputies Tim Hutchinson and Joey Carnes were positioned west of Mt. Croghan and used “stop sticks” to puncture Gorney’s right, front tire, causing him to slow down. Knight pulled alongside Gorney’s truck and reported the suspect fired a gun at the deputy out the truck window. Knight again fell in behind Gorney. Knight said Gorney again stuck the gun out the window and dropped it onto the highway.

Due to the flat tire, Gorney’s gradually slow down. Chesterfield County Sheriffs Office Staff Sgt. Spence Vaughn was able to pull alongside Gorney and force him off the road near the intersection of S.C. 9 and Honeysuckle Lane, which is about .25 miles east of the Pageland town limits. 

Gorney resisted arrest as he was removed from the truck, but officers subdued him and took him into custody, the report said.

Weaver and Nolan were taken to a Florence hospital with wounds that were described as non-lifethreatening. 

Chesterfield County Sheriff Sam Parker said Weaver and Nolan were at the courthouse for a family court appearance. He said Gorney and the woman are the parents of a 6-month-old girl, who was not with either parent during the incident. The courthouse remained open for business Wednesday afternoon.

Chesterfield County court documents show this was not Gorney’s first encounter with law enforcement. He was arrested in September 2012 and charged with criminal domestic violence and petty larceny. He was freed on $2,500 bond at the time. The documents say the charges stem from his relationship with Weaver. There was an court order prohibiting Gorney from having any contact with Weaver or her family. No trial date has been set for those charges.

Gorney is also now charged with three counts of attempted murder, two counts of possession of a firearm during the commission of a violent crime, one count of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, failuer to stop for blue lights and siren and resisting arrest with violence. His bond has been denied and he remains jailed in the Chesterfield County Detention Center.

Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Wayne Jordan said Gorney’s capture was from a colaboration between law enforcement agencies.

“It was a collective effort between the Chesterfield Police Department and the sheriff’s department after the horrific incident at the courthouse,” Jordan said. “He (Gorney) put a lot of lives in danger but the training we’ve received and the actions we took resulted in his capture.”