CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The family of a man shot by a Charleston County deputy announced they are filling a civil lawsuit.
Family members say Bryant Heyward is paralyzed from the chest down and will need care for the rest of his life.
They claim 911 dispatchers did a bad job the day he was shot in the neck by a deputy who had responded to an attempted home invasion at Heyward's home on Scott White Road on May 7.
One of the responding deputies reported that the back door of the home swung open, but he could not see what was inside because of the angle at which he faced the door.
The deputy said he heard Deputy Keith Tyner shout there was a gun then heard gunfire, a Charleston County Sheriff's Office report states.
Authorities say Tyner shot Heyward and immediately rendered aid to him.
CCSO officials say Heyward was shot after he refused to drop a gun he was holding when ordered to do so.
Heyward told Charleston County deputies that the reason why he called for help was because 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.
According to an interview that was recorded as Heyward was being transported to the hospital, he told authorities that the deputy had shot him, but it was an accident.
"I should have put the gun down, but I didn't," Heyward said in a recording.