Suspect in custody after standoff involving Myrtle Beach police, U.S. Marshals, officials confirm

Published: Aug. 24, 2023 at 11:34 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 25, 2023 at 10:19 AM EDT
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MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) - A man is in custody after a standoff at a Myrtle Beach home that lasted for several hours on Thursday.

Cpl. Chris Starling with the Myrtle Beach Police Department told WMBF News that the department was assisting another agency with an ongoing investigation.

The U.S. Marshals confirmed to WMBF News its officers were also on the scene of the investigation.

During the investigation, an officer could be heard over a speaker asking someone to out with their hands up multiple times.

Neighbor Claudia Salazar said she couldn’t believe the response from law enforcement.

“It amazes me to see this because you only see this on the news. But you never think it’s going to happen where you live. It’s a lot of police force and they’re doing the best they can with the problems they’re facing,” Salazar said.

During the standoff, a pair of loud explosive noises were heard by the WMBF News crew on the scene.. Police later entered the home after knocking down the front door.

Officials said that 20-year-old Elgin Mahamery was taken into custody at the home in connection to outstanding warrants for kidnapping and assault. They said he was found under the house.

Mahamery was previously sentenced in 2020 to two years in prison in an armed burglary case, Florida records show. After his sentencing in Alachua County, Mahamery served a little over four months in prison before being let go to do community service.

The U.S. Marshals - Carolinas Regional Fugitive Task Force, Myrtle Beach Police Department, Horry County Sheriff’s Office and the Horry County Police Department were all on scene.

Stay with WMBF News for updates.