Goose Creek woman accused of shooting husband to death

Cheryl Mae Williams

A 55-year-old Goose Creek woman is accused of shooting her 85-year-old husband to death just as officers responding to a 911 call approached the couple’s house, authorities said.

Cheryl Mae Williams is charged with murder in the death of Loyde Williams, according to the Goose Creek Police Department. The shooting at 330 Annette Drive in the Boulder Bluff subdivision happened about 9:40 p.m. Thursday, said police Capt. John Grainger.

Officers were dispatched to the home after a 911 call came in — believed to be from Cheryl Williams — to report that a man had shot himself there, Grainger said. They were told that he was still conscious and armed.

After arriving, officers heard what was believed to be a gunshot inside the home, Grainger said.

Officers found the man lying on a bedroom floor with a bleeding chest wound. A revolver was found on the bed about 10 feet away, according to the incident report. Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

A responding officer wrote in the incident report that about 20 seconds after the gunshot, Cheryl Williams stuck her head out the door but quickly retreated back into the home.

“We loudly and clearly requested her to come outside, which she did. Cheryl came out and stood on the front porch in her nightgown and asked ‘Am I going to jail?’ and she was clearly emotionally upset,” he wrote. “I observed what appeared to be a large spot of fresh blood on Cheryl’s nightgown at approximately her right knee. Cheryl was very hesitant to come off the front porch and was not following our requests to come to our position of safety.”

Officers eventually got her off the porch.

The follow-up investigation led police to arrest the woman on the murder charge, Grainger said. She was taken to Trident Medical Center for medical evaluation and then the Berkeley County jail.

The police department has no record of domestic problems at the home or between the man and wife.