Myrtle Beach police take barricaded person into custody; crews work to put fire out at home

Published: Oct. 25, 2022 at 11:38 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 25, 2022 at 11:24 PM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – Police have taken a man into custody who was barricaded inside a Myrtle Beach home for several hours on Tuesday.

Officers were called around 8:30 a.m. to the area of Longleaf Circle which is between 38th Avenue North and 44th Avenue North for a domestic situation.

Police said the man inside the home fired shots at officers. At this point, no injuries have been reported.

Authorities also said that the man was the only person inside the home.

Neighboring homes were evacuated as officers secured the area, including Clayton Naar’s home.

“That was a real surprise. But, then we packed everything up because we didn’t think we were going to be gone for several hours like we have been already. So, we left the dog and whatever else we had there, we just left it there,” said Naar.

Residents in the area were also asked to stay indoors.

At some point, a fire started inside the home. MCpl. Tom Vest with the Myrtle Beach Police Department said officers threw tear gas into the home, then they heard a popping noise before the home caught on fire. The Myrtle Beach Fire Department worked to put out the fire and is investigating the cause.

Vest confirmed around 3 p.m. the man inside the house surrendered and was taken to a hospital for unspecified injuries. His name hasn’t been released yet.

Out of an abundance of caution, Horry County Schools placed the Myrtle Beach schools on a secure status, which meant students and staff remained in the building and continue the school day with extra precautions until the situation was resolved.

Several other agencies responded to help with the situation, including the Horry County Police Department, the State Law Enforcement Division and an FBI negotiator.

Despite the barricaded person being taken into custody, people are still being told to stay away from the area. It’s not clear when people will be allowed back into their homes.

We will bring you updates as this story develops.