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Police Officer Joseph John McGarry | Myrtle Beach Police Department, South Carolina Myrtle Beach Police Department, South Carolina

Police Officer

Joseph John McGarry

Myrtle Beach Police Department, South Carolina

End of Watch: Sunday, December 29, 2002

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: 4 years

Badge # 263

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun; .45 caliber

Offender: Not available

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Police Officer Joseph McGarry was shot and killed when he and his partner investigated a suspicious person on North Kings Highway at 12:30 am.

The officers were inside a restaurant when they observed a group of suspicious people. They asked the four to step out of the restaurant to talk to one of them. As they were talking to a male, he pulled out a .45 caliber handgun and opened fire, striking Officer McGarry in the head. Officer McGarry's partner returned fire, striking the suspect in the leg.

The suspect and a female friend fled the scene but were later apprehended. The man was charged with murder, resisting arrest, and assault. The male subject was convicted of murder and sentenced to death.

In 2008 the South Carolina State Supreme Court overturned the death penalty decision. They said the jurors should have been given the option of convicting the suspect of voluntary manslaughter.

Officer McGarry had served with the Myrtle Beach Police Department for four years and was assigned to the Street Crimes Unit.

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Joe, Today I send another 8 new officers out into the city. I speak about in each class so that they can learn from you and to keep your memory alive. I know you will look out for them.
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December 10, 2015

 

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