The night a South Carolina man was shot several times in his own home by a sheriff's deputy from Greenville County, a sheriff's spokesman gave reporters a simple account of what was happening that night: The MP fired his gun after the homeowner opened the door and pointed a gun at him. But more than a month later – with a published body-camera video – the questions remain unanswered, and the sheriff's account is intensively scrutinized.
The Speaker, Lt. Ryan Flood, told reporters on June 13 that police have responded to A panic alarm on a mobile phone that someone in the house tripped just before midnight. A single deputy walked to the house and rang the doorbell, where the armed homeowner "immediately tore open the door and pointed a pistol and pointed it directly at the deputy," Flood said.
In response, Flood fires and shoots the man who was reported alive and recovering in a hospital. The deputy was transferred to administrative and salary leave ̵
As promised, the Sheriff's Office of Greenville County released Monday what it called "relevant video footage and photos" during the shoot.
But the body-cam video from that night contradicts the original police account. The video, which was edited by the sheriff's office and has no sound at all, contains a narration by Capt. Tim Brown from the Professional Standards Office.
Brown explained that the deputy, who was not named by the sheriff's office, shipped home if the alarm company could not reach the owner of the cellphone. The deputy first rang the doorbell and stepped off the porch to start a perimeter check when he noticed a movement in the house, Brown said. At this point, the footage begins with a body camera in the version of the video in the sheriff's office.
Brown reported that when the housekeeper returned to the door, he saw a pistol in his hand through a side window.
"According to the deputy, he lights up the man with his flashlight after noticing him, and as he did so, the man who initially walked away from the front door turned and pointed his gun at him," Brown said ,
] Then the deputy opened the fire. However, in the video released by the Greenville County Sheriff Office on Monday, the door did not open before the officer opened the fire. The video confirms that the homeowner had a gun, but does not capture the homeowner who is pointing a gun at the deputy. The last image of the homeowner before the shootout seems to be as he walks away from the front door.
The deputy is shown several times in the video recording through the left side window. The homeowner, identified by his attorney as 62-year-old Dick Tench, was beaten several times.
The video does not show Tench, as officials originally claimed. 19659015] "This is the most troubling aspect, apart from the fact that he was shot four times, that the plot was absolutely wrong," said Tench's lawyer Beattie Ashmore in an interview on Tuesday. "The fact that he allegedly opened his own door and pointed a gun at the sheriff's representative in Greenville is ridiculous." It has since been removed.
Tench and his lawyer also claim that the deputy has only expelled after the shooting as a law enforcement agency. The video delivers a sound only after the shots.
The homeowner repeatedly shouts that he is wounded when the deputy tells him to throw the gun out through the now open door and show his hands.
"Who are you. , , what are you here for? "Tench screams as he squirms in pain
" Because we got an alarm call! "shouts the deputy back.
" Oh my god, call the police, please! "Tench replies."
"I'm the police!" Says the deputy.
The scene in the house is chaotic, and Schleie looks upset when the deputy enters and asks, "Where's the gun?" 19659020] When Schleie questioned the officer's motives for shooting, the deputy replies: "You have a gun aimed at me, man!"
"I have seen the lights and heard the doorbell and brought my gun I'm a guy with hidden weapons! "Tench said …" You came to my house at 12 o'clock in the morning, I sleep … damn, I have to protect my house! Oh my God. Get the ambulance immediately. I'm going to die. "… I can not believe you did this to me."
Tench seems to be confused when the deputy mentions he was called because of an alarm. The house had no alarm system, Tench said. But on Monday, in a video, Brown said the panic alarm was triggered by a "medical assistance app" on a cell phone owned by someone in the house.
Ashmore did not dispute the Sheriff Bureau's claim that an alarm was sounded, saying that he might have been fired by Tench's mother-in-law, who lives in the house with his wife. Both sides agree that there was no immediate emergency. Asked about the differences between the first report and the video from Monday, Jimmy Bolt, Sheriff's Office in Greenville County told the Washington Post that "we're working on it" and rejected Bolt also, the office's office Sheriffs have no plans to release unprocessed body-camera footage, adding that this is not required by law.
Ashmore said, "When the footage came out and stood firm, we knew what that was. The truth is, we felt compelled to publicly address this inequality. "
Tenchs doctors told him that he had been hit four times, Ashmore said, with two of the bullets touching his forearm and back. In the video, Tench said he had been hit directly in the groin and chest. Ashmore said his client uses a Walker during recovery. "He still can not bring himself to watch the body-cam video, nor can his wife, but they'll get through it."
The sheriff's officials say an investigation will determine if the deputy's actions were legal. In a separate investigation, it is checked whether the deputy has followed the sheriff's office policy.
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