HORRY COUNTY, SC – According to authorities, a Horry County police officer was killed in a collision during the afternoon of Tuesday, January 12th in Horry County.
At around 4:00 p.m. on January 12th, 57-year-old Officer Melton “Fox” Gore was out clearing debris from the highway. According to authorities, he was on Highway 22 near the intersection of Highway 31 when a 2007 Mazda SUV struck him.
Horry County Police Chief Jospeh Hill said that Gore’s duties included responding to litter complaints and that is what he could have been doing when he was hit and killed. Chief Hill said he is still waiting for Highway Patrol to confirm that’s what he was doing.
ABC15 asked Trooper Brian Lee with South Carolina Highway Patrol if the driver that struck Gore will face any type of traffic violation, Trooper Lee said that officials are still investigating and will “have more details later.”
As the Horry County mourns the loss of fallen p0lice Officer Gore, those who knew him best are remembering him. Milton Gore, Gore’s twin brother said:
“Every time I run across somebody, they go, ‘hey you look like Fox’ and I say, ‘yea I’m his twin’ and they go, ‘God what a great guy’ and that always made me feel great about him.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Horry County Police Officer Melton Gore, the Horry County Police Department and the Horry County community. Officer Gore died after being struck by a vehicle while clearing debris from roadway.#chsnews pic.twitter.com/ULtEpy0ZdP
— Charleston P.D. (@CharlestonPD) January 13, 2021
Milton said that his twin brother had a servant’s heart for his community and that is how he will be remembered. He said:
“He’s a person of service not just in that uniform, but a service to his community, a service to people, always looking to help somebody.”
Gary Gause, who is now retired, worked with Gore in the Horry County Environmental Service Department. He said:
“I first met Fox in 1998. Officer Gore was one of the most beloved officers. He was a guy that if you see him, he was always smiling.”
Our thoughts and prayers to our brothers in blue HCPD. pic.twitter.com/rHtrX5HHlc
— Myrtle Beach Fire Dept (@MyrtleBeachFire) January 13, 2021
Milton and longtime friend, Van Gause, recalled times when Gore would help deliver food and other items to senior citizens and families in the community. They said that he loved helping others and always had a smile on his face while doing it. Van said:
“God takes the best and Gore was one of the best God took from us.”
“He was a huge pillar in this community. That’s my twin. That’s my boy.”
MEMORIAL SITE FOR L/CPL MELTON “FOX” GORE 💙
In honor of our fallen officer, his #HCPD patrol truck has been set up in front of the M.L. Brown Public Safety Building located at 2560 N. Main Street in Conway.
— Horry County PD (@horrycountypd) January 13, 2021
Chief Hill spoke about the character of Officer Gore, noting how his willingness to see something like debris on the roadway and take the imitative to clean it up was indicative of how he conducted all of his endeavors:
“That’s typical of ‘Fox,’ if you knew him. He cared about this community. Most people may have passed that debris by, swerve around it, but not ‘Fox.’ He wanted to make sure nobody was hurt by it.”
While it’s unclear whether any charges will be coming toward the driver alleged to have struck and killed Officer Gore, Chief Hill betrayed a sense of nuanced understanding for the driver involved in this fatal incident:
“I’m pretty sure that person did not start off the day thinking they were going to kill a police officer. Our thoughts and prayers go out to that driver.”
Despite noting that Chief Hill senses this wasn’t an incident carried out in malice, he did stress that people do need to be more mindful when driving on the highways.
Officer Gore had been with the HCPD for over 20 years, serving within the environmental services unit. In July of 2015, Gore was named West Precinct Officer of the Month. Gore was described as a loving person and was known for being a great cook in the county.
Looking back on some of his fond memories with the late-officer, Chief Hill remarked on one of their last conversations before he passed away:
“I will never forget the brief conversation we had because on his way out, he says, ‘can’t wait until I can cook for you again.’ Unfortunately that won’t happen.”
“It’s a tough time for the Horry County Police Department, its members, and our community.”
This wasn’t the only recent passing of a law enforcement officer in South Carolina as of late. A Marion County deputy and one other person were killed in crash that occurred on the evening of January 6th.
At roughly 10:45 p.m. that evening, 29-year-old MCSO Deputy Jonathan David Price. According to MCSO officials, he was killed on Maiden Down Road and Jackson Road while in the line of duty. The second victim in the accident was identified as 35-year-old Patrick McCormick.
BREAKING OVERNIGHT: A Marion County Deputy and one other person were killed in a Wednesday night crash. https://t.co/HZ3iQiBys3
— WBTW News 13 (@WBTWNews13) January 7, 2021
Deputy Price was reportedly on Jackson Road driving a Dodge Charger while McCormick was allegedly heading south on Maiden Down Road when, according to officials, the two cars collided.
According to officials, Deputy Price had recently joined the MCSO – having started back in December of 2020 after having served with the Dillon Police Department. Deputy Price leaves behind his wife and three children.
Authorities are still investigating the details of the crash.
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It’s been a rough onset to 2021 with regard to vehicular collisions killing law enforcement. In Georgia, one officer was allegedly killed via a fleeing suspect who rammed their vehicle into his patrol unit.
Here’s that previous report.
ATLANTA, GA – A 22-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department was struck and killed by a motorist on January 2nd while the officer was responding to a crash at around 9:00 a.m. involving another DeKalb Police officer.
It happened along the Downtown Connector of I-75 and I-85 near the Williams Street exit.
— Chicago's Finest👮🏻 (@ChicagoPD19) January 2, 2021
Sergeant Daniel Mobley was said to have been bit while exiting his vehicle when responding to the scene of the crash.
He was subsequently rushed over to Grady Memorial Hospital. However, the 44-year-old police sergeant was pronounced deceased upon arrival.
Heartbreaking news. Please join our family in praying for the friends and loved ones of Sergeant Mobley. May the Lord be a comfort to them and his fellow officers in this difficult time. https://t.co/OEHiNl7uXp
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) January 2, 2021
Chief Mirtha Ramos referred to Sgt. Mobley as one of the department’s “guardian angels” when speaking to members of the press regarding his passing:
“Today is a sad day as the DeKalb County Police Department lost one of its guardian angels.”
According to Chief Ramos, Sgt. Mobley had arrived at the scene of the crash to commence a “supervisory investigation” that involved another officer – which Sgt. Mobley was suddenly struck by a vehicle when leaving his patrol unit.
In a statement from the Georgia DPS, they’d relayed the following with regard to Sgt. Mobley’s passing:
“The entire Department of Public Safety sends their heartfelt prayers and sympathy to the family and colleagues of Sergeant Mobley.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Sergeant Daniel Mobley and the entire @DeKalbCountyPD. Sgt. Mobley was struck and killed this morning while on the scene of a traffic accident. Rest in peace brother and thank you for your service. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/5IW8oHCzAQ
— Dunwoody Police (@DunwoodyPolice) January 2, 2021
With respect to DeKalb County Police Department, it has been slightly over two years since an officer has died in the line of duty – with Officer Edgar Isidro Flores having been gunned down during a traffic stop back on December 13th of 2018.
The Georgia State Patrol is said to be investigating the wreck that resulted in Sgt. Mobley being killed, which the initial crash he responded to was said to have involved three vehicles.
RED ALERT now with this Serious Crash involving a police officer on I-75/85/sb at Williams St. (exit 249) all lanes are closed. Avoid. Use I-285 @Atlanta_Police @ATLFireRescue #ATLtraffic pic.twitter.com/LpC1AO1c03
— AJC WSB Traffic (@ajcwsbtraffic) January 2, 2021
Chief Ramos said that when news spread throughout the department of Sgt. Ramos being struck by a vehicle – officers who were on their day off even rushed to the hospital to show their support for the police sergeant:
“The law enforcement community as a whole is hurting. When you have officers flying into the hospital — not even in uniform because it’s their day off — to show their respects, that means he earned that respect.”
“We will miss him dearly and our hearts go out to his family.”
The police chief urged motorists to please slow down and pay better attention while on the roads – especially when vehicles are stopped alongside the road.
It’s currently unclear what the case is related to the driver who allegedly struck Sgt. Mobley, as there’s been no details whether any one been arrested/charged or if there’s going to be any charges levied related to the police sergeant’s death.
This is a developing story.
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