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Man killed in officer-involved shooting identified

Police: 'Suicidal' suspect dead after officer-involved shooting

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to an "erratic" man in the Deerfield subdivision near Surfside Beach. Police say he aimed his gun at them and was shot and later died.
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Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to an "erratic" man in the Deerfield subdivision near Surfside Beach. Police say he aimed his gun at them and was shot and later died.

The man who was killed during an officer-involved shooting early Friday morning in a Surfside Beach-area neighborhood was identified Saturday by the Horry County Coroner’s Office.

Aaron Payne, 33, of the Surfside Beach area, died about 5 a.m. at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center after his involvement in an officer-involved shooting, according Tamara Willard, Horry County Chief Deputy Coroner.

Horry County police responded to a call around midnight for a “suicidal subject” at 1451 Turkey Ridge Road in the Deerfield subdivision near Surfside Beach. Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division also responded.

Prior to arrival, police were told the suspect was acting “erratically” and witnessed the same behavior when they were on scene. Officers said the man fired his weapon in the air, according to a news release from Capt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.

Horry County SWAT and negotiators were called to the scene, but the man’s aggressive behavior continued, police said.

“During the incident, the male approached officers on the perimeter and pointed his weapon at officers,” according to the release. “An officer fired his weapon at the male subject striking the male. SWAT medics and EMS provided immediate medical attention, and the male was transported to the hospital where he was later pronounced deceased.”

SLED usually investigates officer-involved shootings, but as they were involved in the incident, Myrtle Beach police have been asked to investigate.

Payne was a resident of the home on Turkey Ridge Road where he was shot. A relative declined to comment to The Sun News Saturday, but said they may release a statement at a later time.

Kevin Otte, fire chief with Surfside Beach Fire Department, said Payne was a volunteer firefighter with them from Oct. 2015 to July 2016, but declined to comment further.

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