Crime

June 3, 2014

Memorial Day weekend has highest weapon offenses, drug charges and homicides in Myrtle Beach in last 10 years

There were more homicides, drug related offenses and weapons offenses during Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach this year compared to the last decade, according to statistics released by the Myrtle Beach police department Tuesday.

There were more homicides, drug related offenses and weapons offenses during Memorial Day weekend in Myrtle Beach this year compared to the last decade, according to statistics released by the Myrtle Beach police department Tuesday.

Myrtle Beach police responded to 4,045 calls for service, the most since 2007, though records for that statistic were not available from 2004 to 2006.

There were 24 weapons offenses, which is more than double any of the last 10 years, and 65 drug related charges.

The three homicides, which occurred in the triple fatal shooting May 24 at the Bermuda Sands on First Avenue North, is the most ever. The last homicide during the Memorial Day weekend was in 2008.

Myrtle Beach police had the assist of 22 agencies across the state and city officers loged 5,447 hours of overtime, the most since 2009.

Police arrested 1,104 people and there were a total of 1,464 charges filed including citations.

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