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Police involved in recent bank robbery to be honored at city council meeting

This North Myrtle Beach police car was struck by bullet as officers chased South State Bank robbery suspects on May 4.
This North Myrtle Beach police car was struck by bullet as officers chased South State Bank robbery suspects on May 4. Photo courtesy of North Myrtle Beach Public Safety Department

The Community Law Enforcement Appreciation Committee will present five police officers Monday with bravery awards for their actions during a recent North Myrtle Beach area bank robbery.

The presentation will be at the beginning of a 7 p.m. North Myrtle Beach city council meeting held at city hall on Second Avenue.

Three North Myrtle Beach police and two Horry County police officers will be awarded for their efforts on May 4 during the robbery of South State Bank on Main Street that sparked a police chase, involving suspects firing at officers and a nine-hour manhunt that ended in all three suspects being captured.

During the police chase, suspects fired wildly, hitting two police cars and at least one home in a North Myrtle Beach-area neighborhood with bullets, but police did not fire back at the suspects, who were each unharmed by police when apprehended.

“They exercised great restraint, and we want to make sure we publicly acknowledge and commend them,” Bennie Swans, co-chair of the CLEAC, said.

Swans said he was very impressed by the officers’ heroic actions and the level of professionalism displayed by those involved in the incident.

“The professionalism that was displayed by those departments – I can’t overstate it,” Swans said.

Elizabeth Townsend: 843-626-0217, @TSN_etownsend

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