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Video: South Carolina Deputy Shoots Resident During Home Invasion Call

May 08, 2015  | 

VIDEO: South Carolina Deputy Shoots Resident During Home Invasion Call

After receiving a desperate 911 call, Charleston County (S.C.) Sheriff's deputies were dispatched Thursday morning to a home in Hollywood, South Carolina, with a report of shots fired and a home invasion. During the call, one of the deputies shot and seriously wounded the resident who was holding a pistol.

In the recording of the 911 call, made public by police on Thursday, the resident tells the dispatcher that two men with guns are trying to break into his house, banging at the window. Later in the call, he pleads with the dispatcher for the police to hurry. The resident who was shot sustained "life-threatening" injuries, the Charleston County Sheriff's Office said on Thursday.

A statement from the police said that when the deputies arrived, two black male suspects were seen fleeing the house on bicycles toward the backyard, ABC News reports.

"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 [later identified as the resident] 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."

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement on Thursday that they arrested and charged a man for first-degree burglary and attempted murder for his involvement in the home invasion. The Charleston County Sheriff's Office is investigating the home invasion. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the officer-involved shooting.

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plato's playdough @ 5/9/2015 1:46 AM

Suspects fleeing the scene, oh never mind that, look Bob, there's someone at the house holding a gun !!

TDB the caller didn't give a description of himself, ditto the ones attempting home invasion... is everybody now afraid to say what they look like?

Sgt. Mike @ 5/10/2015 7:53 AM

Only an idiot would ignore an armed man at a home invasion call. Of course the officers/deputies addressed the most immediate threat first. I feel for the home owner, but everyone knows what to do when the cop holding a gun on you says “drop the gun” and what comes after that if you don’t.

As for the guys running away, well they present far less threat than the guy standing there with the gun, and we can round them up after we gain compliance on scene and check the house for wounded people in the house.

Imagine what the yahoo above would say if the story read that the first responding officers ran past the armed man to catch the runners, and that man reentered the house and finished off the witnesses.

We can only try to interpret what we find as quickly as possible and respond accordingly. Best advice is “do what the nice officer tells you, and if you’re the victim, they will help.”

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