Nonprofit provides $10K grant to MBPD officer injured in fatal shooting

Nonprofit provides $10K grant to MBPD officer injured in fatal shooting
The nonprofit "Running 4 Heroes" has offered a grant to a Myrtle Beach police officer injured last October. (Source: Running 4 Heroes Inc.)

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A nonprofit is now providing extra help to an officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department who was injured in a shooting last October.

Wangstad was shot during a call for service last October, which resulted in a shooting that claimed the life of fellow MBPD officer Jacob Hancher.

According to Running 4 Heroes, Wangstad’s injury has “required multiple doctor visits and has caused much pain and discomfort,” and has had negative impacts since his return to duty.

Wangstad had served for one year with MBPD prior to the shooting, according to officials.

Running 4 Heroes is based around 12-year-old Zechariah Cartledge, who runs with a flag to honor fallen officers across the country. The organization also says he will travel to Myrtle Beach this weekend to personally present Wangstad with the check.

The nonprofit says it has been able to award $95,500 to 14 different injured officers within the past year.

It also extended its condolences to the Horry County Police Department upon the loss of Officer Melton “Fox” Gore on Tuesday. A run date for Zechariah to honor Gore has yet to be announced.

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