Police officer killed, another one wounded in shootout

An officer in South Carolina has been shot dead and another was injured after responding to a domestic call and exchanging fire with a suspect, authorities revealed on Sunday.

The scene unfolded on Saturday night in Myrtle Beach, a summer resort city.

The passing of Officer Jacob Hancher was announced by the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

“Today we are mourning the loss of one of our officers, PFC Jacob Hancher was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call for service,” Police Chief Amy Prock said.

The city mourns. May you rest in peace, Police Officer Jacob Hancher. Our hearts are with his family, friends and coworkers at the loss of this Myrtle Beach public servant.

Posted by Myrtle Beach City Government on Sunday, October 4, 2020

The injured cop was treated at a hospital and was expected to live.

“Following the exchange of gunfire, the suspect was discovered deceased. No other injures were reported,” South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division revealed Sunday in a press release.

"Today we are mourning the loss of one of our officers, PFC Jacob Hancher was killed in the line of duty while…

Posted by Myrtle Beach Police Department on Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hancher had served the Myrtle Beach Police Department for 5 years.

“He was a dedicated public servant who upheld his oath to protect this community and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Prock said. “Please keep Jacob, his family and his fellow officers in your prayers.”

Officer down, sending our thoughts and prayers.PFC Jacob HancherMyrtle Beach (SC) Police Department EOW: 10/3/2020

Posted by Blue Nation #Bluelivesmatter on Sunday, October 4, 2020

Hancher also served as a parishioner at St. James Roman Catholic Church in Conway, S.C. They honored the fallen officer in a Facebook post that said he went to Honduras in 2017 on a helping mission with other members of the church.

“For those who were able to serve along side him, they learned of his kindness and selfless service,” the church said.

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Source: Fox News

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