The scene of the shooting in April. (Source: Amy Lipman)
MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) – The State Law Enforcement Division and the Solicitor’s Office cleared the officers involved in a shooting in April 2016 of any possible criminal behavior.
A man who was described as intoxicated and suicidal was shot on the morning of Tuesday, April 5 by Myrtle Beach Police officers near 79th Avenue North and Marina Parkway.
A letter from the Solicitor’s Office states that the suspect was intoxicated and pointing a handgun at the approaching officers, as was reported by dispatch and corroborated by a witness. A shot was heard fired by the suspect as the officers approached, the letter states.
All three officers returned fire, striking the suspect, later identified as 40-year-old Rodolfo Josue Sanchez, three times. Sanchez received medical aid and was taken to a nearby hospital.
The letter from the Solicitor’s Office regarding the SLED report on the investigation into the shooting states: “I have reviewed this report and am writing to inform you that based on the information you uncovered in your investigation, there is no evidence of criminal behavior on half of the above name officers in this unfortunate incident.”
The officers involved in the incident were identified by MBPD as: PFC. Jarrod Mackin, PTL. Matthew Cherba, and PTL. Melanie Best.
According to Lt. Joey Crosby: "PFC. Jarrod Mackin has been employed with the MBPD since August, 2007. PTL. Matthew Cherba has been employed with the MBPD since July, 2014. PTL. Melanie Best has been employed with the MBPD since June, 2014. All officers are currently assigned to Patrol Day Shift."