HCPD officers involved in shooting tested for bloodborne pathogens

SLED on scene of officer-involved shooting at Horry County apartment complex. (Pic: Richard Lekawa)

Three Horry County police officers were taken to the hospital but are expected to be okay after an officer-involved shooting at an apartment complex in Horry County.

A department spokesperson says police were involved in a low-speed chase down Palmetto Pointe Boulevard and ended up on Maypop Circle.

People living at The Pointe apartment complex reported hearing multiple gunshots around 1 o'clock Friday morning.

“It was pretty shocking. I mean, my lady was the one that found out about it. She woke up first. She came in like ‘I guess there was a shooting outside. She was super like hysterical about it," resident Dequante Turner said.

People who live in the complex called it "peaceful" and "quiet."

“I would never think something like that would happen back here. It just seems so peaceful. I don’t understand," Makenzie Hoffman, who lives in the complex, said.

Other neighbors said it's surprising, but at the same time bad things can happen anywhere.

“It’s a quiet neighborhood here, but stuff can happen anywhere. You don’t have to be in the ghetto to have shots fired," neighbor Russell Henrick said.

No officers were shot in the incident, though HCPD says one officer did sustain minor injuries. Two others were taken to the hospital to be tested for bloodborne pathogens as they rendered aid to the suspect and had blood on them, according to Thom Berry with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division.

Police also say a suspect was injured, but there is no word on the suspect's condition.

SLED is on the scene investigating.

Investigators say there is no greater threat to the public at this time.

This incident marks the fifth officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2019. In 2018, there were 43 across the state, though none of them involved the Horry County Police Dept.

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