HORRY COUNTY, S.C. (WPDE) — HCPD Environmental Services and Criminal Investigations Divisions are working a death investigation in which an alligator killed a community member, according to Horry County Police Dept.
Around 11:45 a.m., HCFR responded to a water rescue call in the area of Excalaber Court outside of Myrtle Beach.
HCPD and SCDNR Wildlife Section responded to assist.
Upon arrival, units determined that an alligator had taken hold of a neighbor and retreated into a nearby retention pond, HCPD said.
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The SCDNR biologist and an SCDNR-contracted alligator removal service determined that the alligator should be humanely euthanized on site.
The victim was recovered from the pond, and the alligator was removed, police confirmed.
Horry County Coroner’s Office responded to the scene. The HCPD death investigation remains underway.
HCFR says in a Tweet, there is no further threat in the community. Neighbors can resume normal activities.
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