An Horry County police have determined that the stabbing death of an man in the Socastee area was justifiable homicide and a juvenile who was involved will not face charges.
Police said Derrick Jamie Moore, 41, of Socastee died about 10 p.m. from a stab wound to his neck while he was being treated at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center, Horry County Coroner Robert Edge said.
Horry County police Lt. Robert Kegler said investigators deemed the death a “justifiable homicide.”
Officers were called at 9:55 p.m. Wednesday to a home on Maypop Circle in Socastee for a stabbing, Kegler said. Officers found Moore with the wound in his neck and he was taken by EMS to the hospital.
Detectives learned that a physical altercation occurred between Moore and a woman during which the woman was being dragged and hit in the face multiple times, Kegler said. A juvenile witnessed the assault and grabbed a knife and stabbed Moore to protect the woman.
Detectives consulted with a member of the 15th Judicial Circuit Solicitor’s office, who was at the scene, and determined the homicide was justified, Kegler said. Authorities said the case is considered close.