- Associated Press - Monday, April 23, 2018

GREENWOOD, S.C. (AP) - The bullet-ridden home that has been a constant reminder of the killing of two police officers in a small South Carolina town for nearly 15 years is about to be torn down.

Officials in Abbeville County have started surveying the Abbeville home where Steven Bixby and his father killed the two officers and fired hundreds of shots at police in a 12-hour standoff in 2003 with hopes to demolish the house by this summer in a ceremony, County Director David Garner said earlier this month.

The house is an eyesore, pockmarked with hundreds of bullet holes. It sits on one of the main roads in the town, state Highway 72, on a stretch named for the slain officers, Abbeville County deputy Danny Wilson and state Constable Donnie Ouzts.

“They’ll probably have a nice little park and maybe some benches there with a monument for the guys, Ouzts and Wilson. And I think for the family, it’ll kind of be closure for them too, not to see that bullet-riddled house there,” owner Samuel McCord told The Index-Journal of Greenwood .

McCord bought the house in a delinquent property auction several years ago.



He let a Greenwood reporter inside the house , which has barely been disturbed since the standoff. Furniture remains in disarray. The fridge is open with a gallon jug of milk inside from the day of the shooting. On a bookshelf, thick law textbooks on criminal law and the state constitution of New Hampshire remain untouched.

Bixby moved to South Carolina with his parents from New Hampshire. They were angry because the state wanted to widen to highway in front of their home and was claiming a 20-foot (6-meter) strip of land it obtained decades before.

Wilson was shot as he raised his arm to knock on the door to mediate the dispute. The Bixbys dragged his body inside where he stayed during the standoff. Ouzts was shot as he came to check on Wilson.

Steven Bixby remains on death row. His father, who was in the home with him, died in prison in 2011. Bixby’s mother was also convicted of murder because she knew their plans and died behind bars as well.

Wilson’s cousin Cynthia Kennedy had to drive by there to go to work. She can’t wait for the day when she won’t see that house.

“It was very disturbing driving by there,” Kennedy said. “A lot of times, I couldn’t even look over there, to even look at the house, because it brought back so many memories.”

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Information from: The Index-Journal, http://www.indexjournal.com

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