‘We ask for grace’: Community responds after man dies in officer-involved shooting in Horry County

Investigation continues after officer-involved shooting in Horry County

HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WMBF) – A man is dead following an officer-involved shooting in Horry County, according to a press release from the State Law Enforcement Division.

Authorities responded to Amberwood Court, near Highway 544, for a disturbance call Wednesday night.

During the confrontation, gunfire was exchanged between two Horry County police officers and the man, SLED said. The man was shot by authorities and died from his injuries.

No other injuries were reported.

Interviews are being conducted with the responding officers and others, according to SLED.

The investigation is ongoing.

The neighborhood decided they wanted to share their account in a unified way. They put together a statement, which one of the neighbors read out loud.

They said the man who was shot was a retired police officer.

“Every day, police officers face many challenges in their line of work,” said Mary Bryant, who lives on Amberwood Court. “Many go home with physical and mental injuries you never know about. Officers put their lives on the line, and their families endure those challenges with them. We ask for grace and compassion for those officers involved in this incident. We apologize to those who felt threatened in any way to this event.”

Bryant said the victim was a patrolman, SWAT commander and detective in another state with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience.

The incident was the 22nd officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020 and the first this year involving the Horry County Police Department.

In 2019, there were 45 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina. Three involved Horry County police.

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