HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The man injured Monday morning in an officer-involved shooting in the Nichols area has died, according to information from the Horry County Coroner’s Office.
The coroner confirmed that 30-year-old Brandon Coty Elliott passed away at McLeod-Loris Hospital. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday.
Investigators with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating the officer-involved shooting, according to Horry County police spokesperson Mikayla Moskov.
Officers were called to the area of Creek Landing Road shorty after 6:00 a.m., Moskov said. She added that a person shot at property and threatened others before fleeing. The person was eventually located in the woods and shots were fired, according to Moskov.
“We continued to communicate with that individual. Ultimately, there was an officer-involved shooting at this location,” Moskov said.
A close family friend told WMBF News that Elliott was a former U.S. Marine who served in Afghanistan in 2011. We’re told he experienced PTSD following his return, and his family tried to get him help.
Kris Tourtellotte, the founder and director of the Veterans Welcome Home and Resource Center in Little River, said veterans suffering from PTSD deal with anything from startle respond to anger issues.
“It’s hard to see. You can’t tell until something happens and then it’ll go from zero to 150 just like that,” Tourtellotte said.
The Horry County Sheriff’s Office and Horry County Fire Rescue also responded to the scene.