Myrtle Beach police officers honor the memory of fallen officers

Myrtle Beach police and other officials gathered Monday afternoon to honor the memory of Officer Joe McGarry, who was shot and killed in 2002 while questioning a suspect.

Officers gather each year to remember the city’s fallen officers, which include McGarry and Officer Henry Scarborough, who died his first day on the job in March 1949.

The ceremony was supposed to take place at the memorial fountain adjacent to the Ted C. Collins Law Enforcement Center on Oak Street in Myrtle Beach, but was moved inside due to rain.

Luzenski Allen Cottrell was convicted in McGarry’s murder earlier this year and sentenced to death. It was the second time a jury found him guilty and a judge ordered the death penalty. Cottrell was found guilty in 2005, but that conviction was overturned in 2008 by the state Supreme Court.

He also was convicted for shooting at McGarry’s partner, Sgt. Mike Guthinger.

After he was sent to death row for killing McGarry, Cottrell was convicted of killing another man in November 2002.