HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - A homeowner who was shot by a Charleston County deputy told 911 operators that he was hiding in a laundry room as he waited for law enforcement to arrive because of two people who had broken into his home in Hollywood.
"Someone was trying to break into my house, please come," said the homeowner who reported that he was hiding in a laundry room at the back of the home."It's an emergency and they have guns."
According to the homeowner, there were two people who had already broken one of the home's windows when he called 911;
The victim describes the men to the operator as two black males who are about "20 or 21" with one wearing a tank top and army fatigues, while the other had on a black and white jacket.
The homeowner tells the operator that he knows the suspect in the army fatigues since he had seen him before.
"One came to my house yesterday and gave the name Josh Wright. But my brother said it was a lie and said his name was Brandon," the homeowner said.
During the call, the victim repeatedly tells the operator for the deputies to "hurry up."
At one point, the victim said he sees one of the suspects in his home. Several seconds later a scuffle and yelling can be heard.
Maj. Eric Watson with the sheriff's office said when deputies arrived, they proceeded to the rear of the home to investigate the reported home invasion and were confronted by an armed subject, who was later identified as the homeowner, "exiting or standing at the back door of the residence."
"Our deputies challenged the subject and ordered him to drop his weapon, which he didn't at the time," said Maj. Eric Watson with the sheriff's office. "As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area."
In the deputies' transmissions, a deputy can be heard saying,"Shots fired!" and tells emergency personnel that EMS is needed since the subject has a gunshot wound to the neck.
One of the deputies can be heard telling dispatchers that one of the other deputies is applying pressure to the subject's wound as he is guiding emergency personnel to the location. A deputy says the subject is conscious and talking.
The deputies also advise that there were two suspects armed with guns in the area, but the deputies were not able to locate them at that point.
The homeowner is currently in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
SLED is investigating the shooting as the sheriff's office investigates the home invasion.
Charleston County Council Chairman Elliott Summey released this statement...
“Charleston County is taking all steps necessary to provide as much information to the public as soon as possible. “We are cooperating with all agencies involved and my prayers are with all those affected.”
The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.