MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) – http://wbtw.com/2015/11/10/officer-involved-shooting-reported-in-myrtle-beach/
Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County Police reports the initial call came into officers at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday regarding a shoplifting incident at the Walmart in Surfside Beach.
A Sumter woman reportedly jumped into a vehicle and attempted to flee, but caught the officer in the door and dragged him, prompting the officer to fire his gun at the suspect.
“We understand in the process of her trying to flee, she actually had the officer caught between her door and the rest of the car. In that process, she also rammed the police car and managed to get away.”
“[Officers] responded to a shoplifting complaint, and in the process of trying to take that individual into custody, the officer felt like he needed to protect his own life and welfare and ended up discharging his firearm at the suspect. That escalated into the reason we’re here,” confirms Lt. Denis.
Lt. Denis says the community is in no danger. The suspect has been taken into custody.
“This was an isolated incident with one person involved and that person is in custody receiving medical treatment,” explains Lt. Denis.
The officer is also receiving medical treatment, but the extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. Horry County Police was first dispatched to the call, but as a car chase ensued, Horry County officers had to rely on fellow law enforcement agencies as the pursuit ended near 38th Avenue North and Kings Highway.
“We responded to the original call, and it’s typical for us as we enter into other jurisdictions to call those jurisdictions, in this case Myrtle Beach,” reports Lt. Denis.
A black Jeep SUV can be seen with the tires blown out, and Lt. Denis confirms that is the vehicle that was involved in the police chase. Lt. Denis speculates that spike strips may have been the cause of the SUV’s flattened tires.
Police have not released the name of the suspect or the extent of her injuries at this time. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents are on their way to Horry County, as is routine for SLED to investigate all officer-involved shootings.