Report: Trio pretend to be police officers, assault homeowner

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is on the lookout for three men who pretended to be police officers, broke into a home and assaulted the homeowner early Sunday morning.

Sheriff's deputies were dispatched to a residence along 22288 Choppee Road in the Hemingway Community at about 4:30 a.m.

Investigators say the suspects broke into the victim's home by kicking a hole in the door. The victim said he heard his brother yell his name, so he got out of bed and went to the hallway.

The victim reported seeing three men dressed in black hoodies. According to a police report, the three suspects said that they were from the Georgetown County Police Department.

One of the suspects then pointed a gun at the victim's face and told him to walk to his room and get down on his stomach. The suspect then hit him in the head with the gun and asked him where he kept his gun and money.

The victim said he heard a commotion in the other room with his brother and heard another suspect telling his brother to stop resisting. He then heard a gunshot go off.  The suspect then slapped the victim around while looking for money.

Authorities say after the victim gave the suspects the money and his gun , the suspects tied the victim up using a cord from an iron.

The suspects then ransacked the home.

The victim said he was able to get his hands loose and look out a window and saw one of the suspects pointing a gun at him. Police say the victim went to the room next to his, opened the window, jumped out and ran to the neighbor's house and called 911.

The victim said he saw a possibly tan in color GMC leaving Choppee Road after calling 911.

Police say the victim's brother was transported to the Grand Strand Medical Center. Investigators say it was unknown if he had been shot.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office is asking for anyone who has information on the home invasion, or the suspects to call them at (843) 546-5101.

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