Myrtle Beach police investigate city’s first homicide

troot@thesunnews.comJanuary 28, 2014 

A man is in police custody pending formal charges being filed in Myrtle Beach’s first homicide of the year, Capt. David Knipes said Tuesday.

Authorities are expected to file murder, weapon and drug charges against the man, whose identity will not be released until formal charges are filed.

Michael Rogers, 46, of Myrtle Beach died while being treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center Monday, Horry County Deputy Coroner Darris Fowler said.

Preliminary autopsy results conducted Tuesday showed Rogers died from a gunshot wound. Fowler said he was shot at least four times.

Officers were called about 4:45 p.m. Monday to the 600 block of 37th Avenue North for the shooting, Knipes said. The victim was taken by EMS to the hospital and officers took the suspect into custody at the scene.

Police recovered two rifles on scene, Knipes said.

The shooting appeared to follow an altercation between the suspect and the victim, Knipes said. Additional details about the incident are not being released pending the ongoing investigation into the shooting.

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