CCSO arrest man for home invasion which led to deputy-involved shooting

VIDEO: Neighbor speaks out about Hollywood officer-involved shooting
Published: May. 7, 2015 at 3:20 PM EDT|Updated: May. 8, 2015 at 1:44 AM EDT
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Thomas Zachary Brown
Thomas Zachary Brown

HOLLYWOOD, SC (WCSC) - Officials with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office say they have arrested a 22-year-old man for a home invasion which led to a deputy involved shooting in Hollywood on Thursday.

CCSO authorities charged Thomas Zachary Brown of Hollywood with first-degree burglary and attempted murder. Brown was one of two people reportedly involved in a home invasion on 5923 Scott White Road late Thursday morning which led to the homeowner being shot by a deputy who was investing the incident.

The sheriff's office is asking anyone with information to call Crime Stoppers at 554-1111.

The homeowner is currently in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Investigators say the man was shot by a deputy because he refused to drop his gun when ordered to do so.

Deputies responded to a call of shots fired and a home invasion on 5923 Scott White Road at 11:02 a.m. on Thursday.

A CCSO report states that based on deputies' accounts and initial reports, two black male suspects were seen fleeing from the home on bicycles toward the backyard of the home.

Maj. Eric Watson with the sheriff's office says deputies then proceeded to the rear of the home 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," Watson said. "As a result, one of our deputies fired his service weapon striking the subject once in the neck area."

The subject was transported to the Medical University of South Carolina. 

CCSO officials reported that the subject said gunfire had been exchanged between him and the suspects during the home invasion. 

"However, it is unknown if the subject sustained any injuries before he was confronted by our deputies," Watson said. 

Investigators say the two home invaders who fired shots into the home fled on bicycles but that one had been identified.  

The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting. SLED agents were seen at the home, and speaking to neighbors about the incident. 

One neighbor, 81-year-old Ella Westpoint, who lives right across from the shooting, said she heard multiple gunshots. 

"It shocked me because it was so near, so close," Westpoint said."'Bam, bam, bam.' I said,'Oh Lord, what was that?'"

As a standard procedure with the sheriff's office, South Carolina Law Enforcement Division has been requested to investigate the officer-involved shooting.

The home invasion investigation will continue to be investigated by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigations Division.

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