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Homeowner Shot By Sheriff's Deputy He Called For Help

| by Kathryn Schroeder

A homeowner in Hollywood, South Carolina, was shot by a sheriff’s deputy after he called police for help.

Bryant Heyward, 26, called 911 on Thursday when two men were allegedly burglarizing his home, reports The Daily Mail. He exchanged gunfire with the two suspects before police arrived on the scene.

According to the 911 call records, Heyward was hiding in his laundry room while he waited for police to arrive.

“Someone was trying to break into my house, please come,” Heyward said to the 911 operator. “It's an emergency and they have guns.”

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When the two sheriff's deputies arrived, they saw a gunshot hole in a front window of the home and the backdoor appeared to be damaged, the police incident report noted. 

Heyward reportedly came out of the back door holding a gun. Deputy Keith Tyner told Heyward to drop his gun and he allegedly refused.

Tyner then shot Heyward in the neck in what his partner, Deputy Richard Powell, reported as a shot fired to “suppress the threat.”

Heyward was taken to the hospital and treated for life-threatening injuries. According to his family’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, he is unable to speak and has no feeling from his waist down, reports U.S. News & World Report.

In a recorded interview in the ambulance with an investigator, Heyward said he should have listened to the deputy's orders.

"I saw officers and I should have put the gun down," Heyward said. "I didn't. They thought I was the crook and shot.”

One of the home invasion suspects, Thomas Zachary Brown, 22, was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder. A warrant for the second suspect, Joshua Achim Simmons, has been issued for attempted murder and attempted burglary.

The two deputies have been suspended with pay while the incident is investigated.

Sources: The Daily Mail, U.S. News & World Report

Photo Source: The Daily Mail