Myrtle Beach police involved shooting 3

SLED is investigating a Saturday night shooting that involved a Myrtle Beach police officer. Photo by Ian Brooking 

A Myrtle Beach police officer was killed in an overnight shooting.

Jacob Hancher died while responding to a call for service, Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock said.

"He was a dedicated public servant who upheld his oath to protect this community and made the ultimate sacrifice," Prock said. "He cared about the people that he served, served with and absolutely loved Myrtle Beach."

Police said the shooting happened in the 400 block of 14th Avenue South around 10 p.m. Saturday.

Prock said Hancher had been a patrol officer for just under a year. Before that, he spent four years as a community service officer, which is a city employee who assists with police functions such as directing traffic and managing school crossings but is not a sworn officer.

Hancher also served as a volunteer firefighter with Horry County Fire Rescue.

Before Hancher's death, the last Myrtle Beach officer killed in the line of duty was 28-year-old Joseph "Joe" McGarry, who died on Dec. 29, 2002. McGarry had been taking a break with his partner at a Kings Highway donut shop when he thought he spotted a suspicious person in the parking lot. McGarry went outside and was shot.

Authorities have released few details about what led to Saturday night's shooting. The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the case. That's the standard procedure for most officer-involved shootings in South Carolina.

Check back for updates.

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seadog

God Bless this policeman & his family. Such a horrible shame, & loss to our community. Much more must be done to clean up the area between the Ocean and Rt 17 Bypass in Myrtle Beach.

TommyMB

May you rest in eternal peace next to our creator 🙏

Jeffdiehl

Thoughts and prayers for the officers family and friends

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