Officer Jacob Hancher

WALDORF, Md. – Flags in Charles County flew at half-staff to honor a former Charles County man killed in the line of duty as a police officer in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Jacob Hancher was a former member of the Waldorf Volunteer Fire Department, serving back in 2015.  The department said that while he served only a short time, he was well-liked and respected. 

In addition to serving as a police officer, Hancher was also an active volunteer firefighter in Horry County, South Carolina.

Hancher was shot around 10 pm on Saturday night while responding to a domestic incident in Myrtle Beach. 

The Myrtle Beach Police Department said, “Words that cannot describe how we feel, but would describe Jacob perfectly. He had an infectious smile and caring attitude that changed every life he touched.”

Hancher served the Myrtle Beach Police Department for four years as a Community Service Officer and just under one year as a Police Officer.

The Waldorf Volunteer fire department said, “We ask everyone to keep Jacob, his family, and extend public safety family in your thoughts and prayers during this most difficult time.” They shared a picture of Hancher in his fire gear.


He is survived by his mother, Suzanne, his father and step-mother, Jeff and Kathy, his sisters, Cece and Alexis, and step-siblings, Andrew, Jensen, and Hope.

A fundraiser was established by Serve and Connect to benefit Officer Hancher’s family. Click here to see the details.