Bond set at $1 million for suspect in Hollywood attempted home invasion

CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Bond was set at $1 million on Wednesday for a 19-year-old man suspected in a Hollywood home invasion that led to a deputy involved shooting last week.

Joshua Achim Simmons is charged with attempted murder and burglary. He surrendered to authorities Tuesday night.

Authorities have already arrested 22-year-old Thomas Zachary Brown, of Hollywood, and charged him with first-degree burglary and attempted murder.

The Charleston County Sheriff's Office says Brown and Simmons were wanted in connection to shooting into a home on Scott White Road and attempting to break into it.

The 26-year-old victim, Bryant Heyward, was shot by Charleston County Deputy Keith Tyner, who was responding to the call for help at the residence, according to an incident report.

The report states Tyner 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.

"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.

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