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Myrtle Beach man arrested for burglary, attempted murder

Jerzy Zylka (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center) Jerzy Zylka (Source: J. Reuben Long Detention Center)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – A Myrtle Beach man was arrested on Thursday afternoon after he entered into his neighbors’ home uninvited, accused them of talking about his wife in a negative manner and hit the husband on the head with a semiautomatic gun after it did not fire multiple times when he pulled the trigger, according to a police report from the Horry County Police Department.  

Jerzy Zylka, age 71, is charged with first degree burglary, attempted murder and possession of a weapon during a violent crime, according to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center website.

An officer with the HCPD responded to the Southgate Parkway residence around 4:30 p.m. Thursday in reference to an assault.

The police report states the victim’s wife led the officer to the back room where her husband was sitting with a bloody towel on his head.

The victim told the officer that a man came into their house uninvited and unwanted, and began arguing with them.

After the victim asked Zylka to leave, the man reached his hand inside the right side of his pants and pulled out a black semiautomatic gun, according to the police report.

The victim said Zylka pointed the gun at him and pulled the trigger multiple times but it did not fire. The victim then lunged at Zylka and attempted to get the gun from him.

Zylka then struck the victim on the top of the head with the gun before running out of the house.

The report states the victim fell to the ground, lost consciousness for a short period of time and his wife helped him move to a chair.

Once EMS responded and treated the victim at the residence, the victim told the officer the man (Zylka) was a neighbor and that he and his wife had experienced problems with him before coming to their house and saying they were talking about him and his wife.

Officers went to Zylka’s residence and asked him if he had a gun and if they could see it. The report states Zylka obtained the gun from his safe so officers could observe it and that the gun was a black Smith and Wesson semiautomatic handgun as described by the victim and his wife.

After further investigation, one of the officers returned to the victim’s residence and asked him to describe the gun again.

When the victim confirmed his earlier description of the gun, Zylka was taken into custody and transported to the J. Reuben Long Detention Center without incident.

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