Jacob Hancher Wiki – Jacob Hancher Biography
Jacob Hancher was a Myrtle Beach Police Officer shot and killed in the line of duty while he was responding to a domestic violence call.
Myrtle Beach Police Chief Amy Prock identified the slain officer as Jacob Hancher, who was sworn in as a police officer less than a year ago after serving as a department community service officer for four years.
“He was a dedicated public servant, who upheld his oath to protect this community and made the ultimate sacrifice,” Prock said at a news conference early Sunday. “He cared about the people he served (and) served with, and absolutely loved the Myrtle Beach. I ask of you today to please keep Jacob, his family and his fellow officers in your prayers.”
The Catholic Church of St. James, Conway sent out a message to its parishioners saying Hancher, a member of the church, had died. He was a missionary on the church’s 2017 trip to Honduras. The church asked for prayers for his friends, family and fellow officers.
The church wrote:
St. James family,
It is with great sadness that we must inform you of the passing of one of our own parishioners, Jacob Hancher. Jacob was a police officer in Myrtle Beach. According to the Chief of Police, Jacob was killed last night in the line of duty.
“He was a dedicated public servant, who upheld his oath to protect this community, and made the ultimate sacrifice. He cared about the people that he served, served with, and absolutely loved Myrtle Beach.”
Jacob was a missionary on our 2017 mission to Honduras. For those who were able to serve along side him, they learned of his kindness and selfless service.
We are deeply saddened by his passing. We ask for your prayers for his family, friends, and fellow officers who are mourning his loss.
Eternal rest grant onto him, O Lord. Let perpetual light shine upon him.
Jacob Hancher Age
Jacob Hancher’s age is unknown.
Family & Siblings
“The #HCFR family is saddened to learn of the death of Jacob Hancher, a @MBPDSC Ofc. who also served Horry Co. as a vol. FF. Our hearts go out to Hancher’s family, friends, loved ones, law enforcement colleagues and fellow team members here at HCFR during this difficult time,” the fire department wrote on Twit
Serve & Connect, a South Carolina non-profit organization designed to promote partnerships between community and police, started a fundraiser in the hours after Hancher’s death to raise funds for his family. He leaves behind a mother, Suzanne, father, Jeff, step-mother, Kathy, sisters, Cece and Alexis, and step-siblings, Andrew, Jensen, and Hope, according to Serve & Connect.
More than $1,500 was raised for the family in only one hour. The fundraiser has a goal of $7,500.
Suzanne told the organization her son will be remembered for his “pure heart.”
“He had a servant’s heart that he demonstrated with the police department, fire department and his church… He was as pure as it came,” she said.
Cause of Death
Myrtle Beach Police Officer Jacob Hancher was shot and killed in the line of duty while he was responding to a domestic violence call.
Police Chief Amy Prock announced his death in a brief but heartfelt press conference Sunday, following Hancher’s death on Saturday, October 3, 2020. You can watch her message to the public here or below.
Police were called for a report of a domestic violence incident at about 10 p.m., and officers exchanged gunfire with a suspect, whose name has not yet been released. The suspect was also shot and killed. A second officer was shot and injured, and taken to a local hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, according to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED).
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED), which is leading the investigation, issued a statement on Sunday saying Hancher and another officer were responding to a domestic call when the shooting erupted.
“Following the exchange of gunfire, the suspect was discovered deceased,” reads the statement.
A second officer was wounded in the gunfight and taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to the statement.
It was not immediately clear if the alleged gunman, whose name was not released, was shot by the officers or died from a self-inflicted gunshot.
No further information was released about the deadly confrontation.
Neighborhood residents told The Sun News of Myrtle Beach that they heard multiple shots fired in the gun battle.
Hancher is the first Myrtle Beach police officer killed in the line of duty in 18 years, and the 37th officer involved in a shooting in South Carolina in 2020, according to the statement from SLED.
In 2019, there were a total of 45 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, including one involving a Myrtle Beach police officer, officials said.
A preliminary report from the FBI shows that Hancher was the 38th U.S. law enforcement officer feloniously killed in 2020. During the same time period in 2019, 33 officers were feloniously killed. The FBI report shows that at least eight officers killed this year were the victims of an ambush and two others died in unprovoked attacks.
Myrtle Beach Mayor Brenda Bethune posted a statement on Facebook about the shooting, saying, “I am humbly asking for your heartfelt prayers for our MBPD. They need our community to show them love, support and strength.”
In addition to being a police officer, Hancher served as a volunteer member of the Horry County, South Carolina, Fire Rescue Department, the agency said in a Twitter post.
“Our hearts go out to Hancher’s family, friends, loved ones, law enforcement colleagues and fellow team members here at HCFR during this difficult time,” the fire department’s statement reads.
Hancher had only been a police officer with the Myrtle Beach Police Department for one year, according to Prock, but he had served with the department as a community officer for four years.
Prock said in her statement:
Today we are mourning the loss of one of our officers, PFC Jacob Hancher was killed in the line of duty while responding to a call for service. Officer Hancher has been with the Myrtle Beach Police Department for four years as a Comunity Service Officer and just under one year as a Police Officer. He was a dedicated public servant who upheld his oath to protect this community and made the ultimate sacrifice. Please keep Jacob, his family and his fellow officers in your prayers.
I was just in Myrtle Beach on Friday speaking with police officers. My prayers are with the family and friends of PFC Jacob Hancher, who was killed in the line of duty.
The cops need our support now more than ever. I’ve never known a more difficult time to be a police officer. https://t.co/lslnGkjuHo
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) October 4, 2020
Hancher was also a volunteer firefighter with Horry South Carolina Fire Rescue.
Senator Lindsey Graham also expressed his condolences on Twitter following the death of Hancher, sharing Prock’s statement to the press. Graham wrote that he was just in South Carolina visiting police officers the day before Hancher was shot and killed.
“I was just in Myrtle Beach on Friday speaking with police officers. My prayers are with the family and friends of PFC Jacob Hancher, who was killed in the line of duty,” he wrote. “The cops need our support now more than ever. I’ve never known a more difficult time to be a police officer.
Hancher was the first officer killed in the line of duty since 2002, a department spokesperson told ABC 15.
Our hearts go out to Hancher’s family, friends, loved ones, law enforcement colleagues and fellow team members here at HCFR during this difficult time.
— Horry SC Fire Rescue (@hcfirerescue) October 4, 2020
The shooting was the 37th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2020, and the first involving Myrtle Beach Police, according to SLED. In 2019, there were 45 officer-involved shootings in South Carolina, with one of those involving the Myrtle Beach Police Department.