The name of the man killed in an officer-involved shooting involving Myrtle Beach police during the early hours of Friday morning was released by the Horry County Coroner’s Office Saturday afternoon.
Howard Burton Hughes, 56, of the Myrtle Beach area died from a gunshot wound, according to Michelle McSpadden, deputy coroner with the Horry County Coroner’s Office.
Officers were called to the area of Spivey Park and Collins Street about 12:30 a.m. Friday in reference to a suspicious person, according to Capt. Joey Crosby, spokesman with Myrtle Beach police.
As police confronted the man, they noticed he was armed, and while they interacted with him, they said he pointed his weapon toward authorities, Crosby said. He stated police feared for their lives and fired at the man.
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The officer involved has been placed on administrative duties pending the conclusion of an investigation as per protocol, according to Crosby.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the deadly incident.
The incident was the second officer-involved shooting for the City of Myrtle Beach this year.
The other officer-involved shooting happened Sept. 3. Jarvis Hayes, 31, of Greensboro, N.C., was injured when police fired at him after officers said he backed his vehicle toward them and struck one of them in the area of 21st Avenue South and South Ocean Blvd., police said. Hayes was hospitalized and died later that week from his injuries, authorities said. SLED is also investigating that incident.