By: WPDE Staff
Myrtle Beach, S.C. (WPDE) — Newly released video shows the moment Myrtle Beach police officers opened fire on a man in the parking lot of a Myrtle Beach motel.
The victim, 31-year-old Jarvis Hayes, died five days after the Labor Day weekend shooting in the parking lot of the Mystic Sea Motel, according to the Horry County Coroner Darris Fowler.
The shooting happened on Sept. 3, 2017, after Myrtle Beach police officers received complaints of a reckless driver in the area, according to Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock.
According to a South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) report, video reviewed by agents shows Hayes driving recklessly down Ocean Boulevard from the Sea Mist Hotel to the Mystic Sea Motel.
The report states, when two officers tried to pull Hayes over, he drove into the Mystic Sea Motel parking lot. Officers told SLED agents there was only one entrance and exit into that parking lot. They say that's when Hayes tried turning his car around.
The report states that's when responding officers tried to make contact with Hayes.
Two Myrtle Beach officers, "gave commands to Hayes to 'put his car in park,'" according to the report. "He verbally acknowledged the commands and stated, 'he was going to stop but it was ok because he was a cop,'" stated the report.
Hayes did not stop his vehicle, police told SLED agents.
The newly released video, obtained from SLED after a Freedom of Information Act request, shows Hayes accelerate towards the officers, an officer appears to be hit with his car, and that's when police opened fire.
The officer told SLED agents in the report that: "Because he [Myrtle Beach officer] feared Hayes would use his vehicle as a weapon against him and/or other officers, the officer drew his weapon. He saw Hayes accelerate his vehicle and appear to strike Cpl. BeLue (a Myrtle Beach officer). He [Myrtle Beach officer] discharged his firearm at Hayes, firing until he believed he was out of ammunition. He reloaded and saw that Hayes was no longer a threat to him or other officers. He then holstered his firearm."
The Myrtle Beach officer who was struck was pinned between Hayes' car and a patrol car, according to the report. SLED agents say that officer suffered minor injuries, including bruises on his lower leg.
The SLED report on the officer-involved shooting states that evidence shows the two Myrtle Beach police officers who shot Hayes acted in self defense and 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson stated that no criminal charges will be filed against the officers involved.
According to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, following a state investigation, Richardson said in a report that, "there is no evidence of chargeable criminal wrongdoing on behalf of the above named officers in this tragic loss of life.”