Lawsuit planned in deputy-involved shooting that left Hollywood man paralyzed
HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCIV) -- The man shot by a Charleston County deputy after calling 911 to report a home invasion has plans to file suit against the sheriff's office in January.
At Bryant Heyward's home Tuesday afternoon, the 26-year-old used his motorized wheelchair to leave the house and join family members and his attorney Justin Bamberg during the press conference.
Bamberg says Heyward is paralyzed from the chest down, and he claims crucial mistakes from the deputy and a 911 dispatcher caused his client's catastrophic injury.
"Financial compensation is the only way to ensure that Bryant can receive the care he needs for the remainder of his life," Bamberg said, adding that Heyward will never be able to have children.
The sheriff's office responded to the news, saying "We continue to contend this remains a tragic event for us all. From the very beginning, we acknowledged what happened and the impact to this day that it is having on Mr. Heyward and his family."
The sheriff's office also says with help from the community, they've been able to arrest five suspects involved in the incident.