Coroner’s office identifies suspect killed in shooting that took Myrtle Beach officer’s life

Coroner’s office identifies suspect killed in shooting that took Myrtle Beach officer’s life

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – The Horry County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who was shot and killed during a deadly officer-involved shooting that also took the life a Myrtle Beach police officer.

Chief Deputy Coroner Tamara Willard said 20-year-old John Derek Aycoth died in the shooting. He lived in Myrtle Beach.

Willard said that Aycoth died from a gunshot wound around 10 p.m. Saturday in the area of 14th Avenue South.

A background check obtained by WMBF News indicates Aycoth had no prior arrest history in the state of South Carolina.

Horry County public index records simply show a previous incident in Myrtle Beach Municipal traffic court after a motorcycle helmet violation made in September of 2019. Index records say Aycoth pleaded guilty to the charge and a fine was suspended.

Myrtle Beach police officer Jacob Hancher also died in the shooting. A second Myrtle Beach police officer suffered non-life-threatening injuries during the incident and has been released from the hospital.

Hancher and another Myrtle Beach officer were responding to a domestic call when shots were fired, according to authorities.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

SLED spokesperson Tommy Crosby said in an email Monday afternoon that agents “are in the process of conducting interviews with all potential witnesses, along with collecting all relevant evidence.”

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