[VIDEO] Police Responding To Home Invasion Call Shoot Home’s Resident

A homeowner wielding a gun was wounded by two Charleston County deputies as they responded to a home invasion call May 7, 2015 in a case of apparent mistaken identity. WCIV

Charleston County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a home in Hollywood, South Carolina at 11:02 a.m. on Thursday, for a possible home invasion.  Per a statement from the Sheriff’s Office, the deputies arrived on scene and noted two blacks males exiting the home and fleeing toward the backyard on bicycles.

“Our deputies proceeded to the rear of the home and were confronted by an armed subject exiting or standing at the back door of the residence,” the sheriff’s statement read. “Our deputies challenged the subject and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he didn’t at the time. As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area.” Police said the subject who was shot is a homeowner or resides at the property.

The subject involved in the shooting was a black homeowner, according to the ABC affiliate WCIV reports, was then immediately transported to the Medical University of South Carolina –  Charleston, for life-threatening injuries received in the shooting.

The police statement continued with; “According to the victim, gun fire was exchanged between him and the suspects during the home invasion. However, it is unknown if the subject sustained any injuries before he was confronted by our deputies,”

In the 911 transcripts, made public by police on Thursday night, reveals the victim telling dispatchers that two guys with guns were trying to break into his home, banging on windows and such.  Later in the recording you can hear him pleading with the dispatcher for the police to hurry.

The local authorities are moving quickly, in an attempt to calm tensions over the situation that occurred in the same county as the April 4th police shooting of Walter Scott, an unarmed black man.

“We’re as sorry as we can be,” Charleston County Sheriff James Alton Cannon Jr. said in a Friday meeting with community leaders. “What makes this even more of a tragedy for us is that someone in effect called us for help and we ended up being a part of him getting injured seriously,”

The victim, Bryan Heyward, called 911 around 11 a.m. Thursday, claiming that armed men were attempting to enter his mother’s home.  As the victim stepped out his backdoor holding a .40-caliber handgun, a deputy immediately asked him to “drop it”.  When Heyward didn’t immediately comply with the request, the deputy fired twice, hitting him in the neck with a single round.

It has not been made clear exactly how much time elapsed between warning and shot, but in a 20-minute taped interview made during the ride to the hospital between the victim and an investigator relays Heywards understanding of what happened.

“The officer did it, but it was an accident,” Heyward told the investigator, according to the recording, adding, “I should have put the gun down, but I didn’t.”  He also went on the say that he had exchanged gunfire with the fleeing suspects.

We are already seeing some representatives for the Heyward family speaking up, stating that deputies were wearing microphones on scene, yet stated those recordings have not been made public.

“Just as that tape was released today so quickly to try to justify the shooting, why can’t those other audio tapes be released?” said the Rev. Charles White Jr., a field director of the National Action Network. “Those recordings could reveal how long Tyner waited before shooting Heyward.”

Whether or not this was purely an “accidental” shooting gone astray or someone is found at blame, the current climate in our country regarding the “excessive use of force” directed at the black community by law enforcement, real or imagined, could shed a dark shadow over the Charleston area.

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Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef.

Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak.

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Patrick James
Patrick James
Patrick James has worked as a firefighter/EMT for several services throughout the years, as well as a custom metal fabricator, certified personal trainer and chef. Growing up in the rural suburbs of Detroit, it was during his frequent trips to Northern Michigan where he learned of his love for hunting and fishing. Spending several of his adult years in upstate South Carolina, his love of extreme sports took root in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains as he learned to rock climb and kayak. "Courage and perseverance have a magical talisman, before which difficulties disappear and vanish into air." ~ John Quincy Adams

3 Comments on "[VIDEO] Police Responding To Home Invasion Call Shoot Home’s Resident"

  1. Thats the problem with pigs when they c a gun they automatically shoot who ever is closest to them ..the same thing happened n arizona the HOME owner had the burglar gun point the HOME owner’s wife told the pigs that showed up and told the pigs MY husband is the one with the GUN DO NOT SHOOT MY HUSBAND and what did the pigs do they shoot the home owner .. just quz u c a gun doesn’t make that person a threat …

  2. A simple way to fix this imagined negative bias from the police to the black community, is for the majority of the crimes in said community (by the residents there) to stop. This way when a real crime happens, they can separate the bad guys out.
    Stop blaming the police and everyone else for your problems. Fix your own house, raise your kids, teach them love and respect, and don’t have kids unless you are willing to raise them to be responsible people. And things will change. Stop looking at every one else to fix problems caused by you’lls bad life choices.

  3. Former LEO | May 10, 2015 at 1:28 pm |

    This homeowner was doing just fine until he ran out the door, armed, knowing that cops were either on the way, or were already there. That is plain old STUPID. I don’t know SC law, but he had every right to arm himself in his home, and under SC law, may have had the right to shoot these guys if they were in his house and he reasonably feared he was in risk of serious bodily harm. But chase them out the door ??? NO !!!!!!! You got them out. You know the cops are coming – you called them !!! What were you thinking ????? Hole up in the house, let them run away, stay on the phone with the dispatcher, make sure the BG’s are gone, then when everything’s calmed down and you KNOW it’s only you and the cops, THEN put the gun visible on a table and walk out with your hands in plain sight. These deputies knew ONLY that they had a man who 1) had a gun, and 2) refused to drop it. They don’t know who he is, or what he’s done. All of this is happening within SECONDS. If they see a guy with a gun, who refuses to drop it, do they risk not going home tonight just to give the guy with the gun another chance ?? They don’t always have to. I don’t know if he pointed it at them or not (sounds unlikely), but his mistake was going out with the gun in the first place. The second mistake was not dropping it when ordered to. Sorry, but he brought this on himself, 100%.

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