Saturday, May 9, 2015

Photos : Black homeowner shot in doorway of his home by white cop

Wounded: Bryant Heyward is in critical condition at hospital in South Carolina after he was shot in the neck by a white deputy after trying to protect his own home from robbers early on Thursday morning
 A white South Carolina sheriff has shot and critically wounded a black homeowner defending his own property against two men who had broken in, sparking an internal investigation.

Two Charleston County Sheriff's deputies arrived to the mobile home in Hollywood, on Thursday morning after receiving a 911 call from a man identifying himself as the owner, Bryant Heyward.

When they arrived the officers reported they saw a man standing in the doorway who refused to drop his gun when requested, so one of the deputies shot him in the neck.

Investigators work at a scene of a shooting in Hollywood, South Carolina after a white sheriff deputy opened fire on a black home owner
While he was being rushed to hospital, Heyward told police he tried to protect his home and had exchanged gunfire with two suspects before the police arrived.

By Thursday afternoon, one of the two men trying to burgle Heyward's home was named as Thomas Zachary Brown, 22.

Brown was charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder in connection with the home invasion.

Meanwhile Heyward was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina with life threatening injuries, Watson said. 

A hospital spokesman said Friday he had no information to report on anyone with that name.

According to the 911 calls released to the public, Heyward hid in his laundry room and waited for the police to arrive after the break-om.

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

As a South Carolina sheriff's deputy responded to a report of a home invasion, he shouted commands at a black homeowner holding a gun before firing at the man and wounding him in the neck, according to an incident report released Friday.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office report summarizes the incident involving Deputy Keith Tyner, who is white, and another deputy on Thursday in the rural community of Hollywood, in a subdivision of mobile homes and brick ranch homes.

When deputies arrived at the mobile home down a dirt driveway they saw a gunshot hole in a front window and the back door appeared to be damaged, the incident report says.

The homeowner, later identified as Bryan Heyward, came out of the back door with a gun and the officer told him to drop it, Sheriff's Maj. Eric Watson said.

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