SLED investigation into shooting that killed a Myrtle Beach police officer continues

SLED investigation into shooting that killed a Myrtle Beach police officer continues
Myrtle Beach Police PFC Jacob Hancher (Source: Serve & Connect via Facebook)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Members of the South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division said its investigation into a deadly shooting that claimed the life of a Myrtle Beach police officer last fall is continuing.

A SLED spokesperson said in an earlier version of this story the agency had wrapped up its investigation into the death of Myrtle Beach Police Pfc. Jacob Hancher. Shortly thereafter, a member of the agency’s Freedom of Information Act office said a mistake by their office led to the earlier announcement that the case had been closed.

SLED officials said they inadvertently mixed up a case number and in doing so provided incorrect information. They “apologize for any confusion that transpired in the mixing up of case numbers.”

According to SLED, it is still an open case and they are in the final stages of their internal process.

Hancher was responding to a domestic violence call on Oct. 3 when shots were fired. He was killed as a result of the shooting, while a second officer was injured.

After the shooting, authorities said the suspect was found deceased.

The Horry County Coroner’s Office identified the suspect as 20-year-old John Derek Aycoth, of Myrtle Beach.

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