HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - A Charleston County deputy responding to a reported home invasion in Hollywood fired at a man less than two seconds after ordering him to show his hands, according to audio from newly-released dash cam footage.
The video does not show the shooting because of a wood fence that blocks the view of the home where the attempted home invasion took place.
A deputy is heard shouting, "Show me your hands, show me your hands," and before finishing the phrase the second time, two gunshots are then heard.
Bryant Heyward, 26, was shot by Charleston County Deputy Keith Tyner, who was responding to a call for help at the residence on Scott White Road, according to an incident report. The report states Tyner, who joined the department in July 2003, immediately rendered aid to the injured man.
Heyward told investigators two men who claimed to be looking for Heyward's brother tried to pry open a window and fired shots into the home. Heyward called his brother and told him where to find a gun, then returned fire and called 911, he said.
Investigators say the two suspects had already fled the scene on bicycles by the time deputies arrived. Deputies spotted a bullet hole in the front window then approached the back of the home, the report states.
The reporting officer reported the back door swung open, but he could not see what was inside because of the angle at which he faced the door. The reporting officer heard Tyner shout there was a gun then heard gunfire, the report states.
The shooting left Heyward paralyzed from the waist down, his family's attorneys, Chris Stewart and Justin Bamberg said at a Friday afternoon press conference.
"The officer did it, but it was an accident," Heyward told an investigator who recorded the interview while on the way to MUSC. "I should have put the gun down, but I didn't," he said a short time later in the recording.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting while the sheriff's office investigates the home invasion that put the deputies on the scene.
"This is a tragedy and it's unfortunate," Stewart said. "An individual who called the police for help being shot by the people he called for help."
The attorneys don't believe race was a factor in this shooting.
Authorities say they were able to track down one of the suspects, identified as 22-year-old Thomas Zachary Brown, of Hollywood. Brown was arrested and charged with first-degree burglary and attempted murder.
A second suspect, Joshua Simmons, is still being sought.