Report of suicidal man ends in Myrtle Beach officer involved shooting

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – An officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department was involved in a shooting Tuesday morning, according to Lt. Joey Crosby.

Officers responded to the area of 79th Ave North and Marina Parkway attempting to locate a suicidal person around 10:44 a.m., explains Lt. Crosby. Police were able to find the person and make contact with him near the Intracoastal Waterway.

Lt. Crosby says during the encounter, the man pulled a weapon, causing the officers to fear for their lives. The officers fired their weapons, but Lt. Crosby did not specify how many officers were on scene or how many shots were fired.

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division and the Horry County Solicitors Office have been called to the scene, Lt. Crosby adds.

The man was transported to the hospital following the shooting, but his condition is unknown at this time, confirms Lt. Crosby.

Tuesday’s officer involved shooting is the second in two weeks for the Myrtle Beach Police Department. Officers were called to 21st Avenue North and Grissom Parkway just after 3 a.m. March 26 for a report of a man acting strange. When officers arrived they found 55-year-old Donald Andrew White with a gun in his hand.

Lt. Crosby says the officers began talking to White and a negotiator was called to the scene. At some point during the officers’ encounter with White, the man showed the weapon in a manner that made officers fear for their lives, so they fired at him.

According to Horry County Deputy Coroner Michelle McSpadden, White died at Grand Strand Medical Center.

In 2015 there were no shootings involving officers with the Myrtle Beach Police Department of the 48 officer involved shooting incidents in South Carolina.

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