VIDEO: Cop Caught In Crossfire As Suspect Tries To Smash Him Between Cars

Police released dashcam video of a man who tried to smash a Myrtle Beach police officer between cars.

Myrtle Beach, SC – The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) has released dashcam footage that showed the 2017 officer-involved shooting of a man who rammed his car into a police cruiser, pinning a Myrtle Beach police officer between the vehicles (video below).

The incident occurred on Sep. 3, 2017, after the Myrtle Beach Police Department (MBPD) received reports that a reckless driver in a white Jaguar had attempted to run over a maintenance worker and a security guard at the Sea Mist Resort, The State reported.

Surveillance footage showed that the driver, later identified as 31-year-old Jarvis Hayes, had also steered the vehicle onto a sidewalk, and swerved into oncoming traffic.

When two MBPD officers attempted to affect a traffic stop on Hayes’ vehicle, he pulled into the parking lot of the Mystic Sea Motel, WPDE reported.

Dashcam footage showed Hayes as he tried to turn his vehicle around in the single-entrance lot.

Officers repeatedly issued commands for him to stop, and to put the Jaguar into park, but Hayes refused to comply.

“He verbally acknowledged the commands and stated, 'he was going to stop but it was ok because he was a cop,'" a SLED report noted, according to WPDE.

As police began to surround his vehicle on foot, Hayes “aggressively accelerated his vehicle to the point of spinning the tires and ramming three vehicles,” to include a patrol car, the SLED report said, according to WMBF.

Off-camera, one officer’s leg was pinned between the Jaguar and a patrol vehicle.

In the video, Hayes continued to accelerate as the officer struggled to free his leg, and then police opened fire on Hayes to stop him.

The video showed the officer who was caught between the cars scrambling to safety across the hood of a patrol vehicle. Several bullet holes could be seen in the side of the suspect’s vehicle.

The officer sustained minor injuries, and had bruises on his lower leg, WPDE reported.

Hayes was transported to a hospital, where he died five days later.

Toxicology tests determined that Hayes had a blood-alcohol content of .237 at the time of the incident.

“As sworn protectors of the peace, sometimes incidents present themselves that require officers to have to make life and death decisions,” MBPD Chief Amy Prock said in a statement following the shooting, according to WPDE. “Although this is an unfortunate incident... They acted swiftly in a manner to protect themselves and the citizens that were in that area.”

Myrtle Beach Police Private First Class Justin Leiberth and Myrtle Beach Police Patrolman Drew Fox were placed on administrative duty, as per protocol, while the officer-involved shooting was investigated, WMBF reported.

SLED concluded that both officers acted in self-defense, and 15th Circuit Solicitor Jimmy Richardson said that the officers would not face any charges in relation to Hayes’ death, WDPE reported.

You can watch the harrowing video below:

Comments (13)
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Big_Tex
Big_Tex

When "keepin' it real" goes wrong! Room temperature challenge achieved.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

His leg was not pinned. However he needs to be trained to stay out of the path of moving vehicles, or else next time it might be. Because blue lives matter

JBo
JBo

Glad the officer is OK with just bruises and minor injuries. Just shows how quick things can go bad.

JDBNYC
JDBNYC

Qhen's the protest gonna happen?

LEO0301
LEO0301

I don't know you can say that Mr Burger. If you watch the video you can clearly see an officer scurrying across the hood of the vehicle. It's impossible to tell from this particular video if his leg was pinned.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

Don't play dumb.

LEO0301
LEO0301

Apparently, that's your job.

Caprice56
Caprice56

It doesn’t matter at this point if the officer was pinned or not. The suspect showed no signs of stopping, he accelerated. He showed no signs of compliance. Sorry. Don’t feel sorry for ignorant people.

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

It is obvious that he was NOT pinned. It is possible that he was hit. It is also possible that he made contact with the car after it stopped moving. It is also possible that there was no contact between he and the suspect's car. Hopefully there will be an investigation so that we can find out what actually happened outside the purview of the camera. Maybe there were other cameras. More cameras = better. Because police lives matter.

Nighthawk644
Nighthawk644

Hahaha....another idiot liberal TROLL. Go play somewhere else sonny. This site is for grownups.

Dr Shoe
Dr Shoe

Well Dang, Bet He Don't Do Dat Agin!