Conway man arrested after Myrtle Beach carjacking, police chase
Wed, 31 Dec 2014 16:44:42 GMT —
The man arrested in connection with at least one carjacking and an ensuing police chase in Myrtle Beach has been identified.
Dashon Amin Garner, 24, of Conway has been charged with Carjacking, Attempted Murder, Possession of a Firearm during the Commission of a Violent Crime and Possession of Cocaine, according to Lt. Joey Crosby with Myrtle Beach police.
Those charges stem from a carjacking and shooting that took place on 3rd Avenue South at the Scotchman gas station.
According to arrest warrants, Garner is accused of shooting a man twice while he was putting gas into his vehicle and then stealing the car.
Garner was arrested after an Horry County officer and a State Constable were asked by Myrtle Beach police to look out for a purple Mercedes that was stolen during the carjacking and shooting.
The officers saw the Mercedes at an Exxon and tried to approach it, but the car sped off, according to Lt. Raul Denis with Horry County police.
A chase ensued until the car was driven to the end of a dead-end road and stopped. When the officers got out of the car, Denis said the man driving the Mercedes turned the car around and tried to run it into the patrol car and one of the officers.
The officers then pulled their weapons and fired several rounds at Garner, according to Denis.
Garner was able to drive away and abandoned the car nearby, but he was found after Horry County and Myrtle Beach officers searched the area.
Denis said Garner was taken into custody without further incident and no one was hurt.
Police are working to see if Garner will also be charged in an earlier incident Monday night where shots were fired at officers, according to Crosby.
Earlier Monday night, around 11:20 p.m., Myrtle Beach police officers were called for a reported drunk driver at Highway 501 and Robert Grissom Parkway. They soon learned that the vehicle being driven was listed as a stolen vehicle, according to Crosby.
Officers tried to stop the car, but the man driving did not stop the car and around the area of Joe White Avenue and Warren Street, fled from the car on foot.
Officers chased him on foot and, during that pursuit, the man fired multiple shots from a handgun at officers. A Myrtle Beach officer returned fire and the man fled again, Crosby said.
The man was not found and around 1 a.m. Tuesday Myrtle Beach officers responded to the carjacking involving the purple Mercedes.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents are investigating the officer-involved shooting.
Crosby said the Myrtle Beach Police Department continues to investigate both incidents.
Bond was denied for Garner during a hearing Wednesday afternoon.