MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) 63 years ago Wednesday, a Myrtle Beach police officer lost his life at the hands of a suspect on his very first day on the job.
On March 7, 1949, Officer Henry Howard Scarborough, just 47-years-old at the time, responded to a report of a man with a gun at a small pool hall in the city. Scarborough and another officer, J.W. Byrd, were given the name of the suspect, Robert M. Hussey, Jr., 41.
Once they arrived on scene at the pool hall located on Main Street near Highway 501, both Officer Scarborough and Officer Byrd reportedly waited for Hussey to come out of the hall. When he did, they stopped him and disarmed him of one gun before placing him in the back of the 1946 Ford police car.
As they began the two block drive back to the police station located at the intersection of Main Street and 8th Avenue North around 8:40 p.m., Hussey was said to have pulled out another gun, believed to be a two shot derringer, and fired at Officer Scarborough.
A bullet struck Officer Scarborough in the left temple as Officer Byrd jumped out of the car while it was still moving.
When the car struck a light pole and stopped, Officer Byrd returned fire at Hussey and reportedly hit him four or five times. Byrd then ran the final block to the police station to get help and returned to the scene just as Hussey was getting out of the car.
Both Scarborough and Hussey were transported to the hospital in Conway, where Scarborough was pronounced dead from his injuries.
According to information provided to WMBF News by the Myrtle Beach Police Department, an officer by the name of Billy Roberts was working the desk during the night of the shooting, and said he believed the case was later taken over by the county sheriff's office.
Just two months later, on May 26, 1949, Robert Hussey, Jr. died and was never tried for the murder of Officer Scarborough. It remains unknown at this time how Hussey died.
Officer Scarborough is buried at the Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery, located at 2408 S. Kings Hwy.