Sheriff's office releases 911 calls, radio transmissions, deputies' names in Hollywood shooting
HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCIV) -- A Hollywood man locked himself inside his laundry room Thursday morning and pleaded with dispatchers for help while two men armed with a gun tried to get inside the house, according to 911 calls."Tell them to hurry up, my back door is open," the man told a dispatcher. "I don't know what is going to happen. I'm inside my wash room. It's just me! I do not know if he's in my house or not!"Charleston County Sheriff's deputies responded to the call from 5923 Scott White Road about 11 a.m. as the homeowner begged them to hurry. But that's when, authorities say, the situation took a turn from bad to worse: A deputy looking for the intruders in the backyard instead came across the homeowner who was armed with a gun.Maj. Eric Watson said the deputy shot the homeowner when he wouldn't put down the gun. Before he was rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries the homeowner told deputies he exchanged gunfire with the suspects before deputies arrived.Sheriff's officials identified the deputies involved as Deputy Richard Powell and Deputy Keith Tyner. Powell has been with the department since 1995. Tyner was hired in July of 2006.According to an incident report from the sheriff's office, Deputy Tyner shouted verbal commands to the homeowner and told other deputies that there was a gun. A responding deputy reported he "next heard gunfire as a Deputy Tyner fired to suppress the threat" and then "immediately rendered aid as soon as we realized the victim was injured."Watson said one of the burglary suspects was arrested hours later. Deputies charged Thomas Zachary Brown, 22, of Hollywood with first-degree burglary and attempted murder. He is being held at the Al Cannon Detention Center.The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting of the homeowner, who has not been identified.The 911 calls released Thursday night shed some light on what happened prior to the shooting.During his call, the homeowner said one of the intruders had been by his house the day before and lied about his name. Now there were two men, he said, trying to get inside his house. The dispatcher asked if anyone needed medical attention."Yeah me if I get shot!," the homeowner said.He then told the dispatcher he closed the laundry room door and went out the back door of his home. "He is in my house, please hurry!"A neighbor also called 911 and told dispatchers she saw two black men on bikes riding through the yard.Watson said when deputies looking for the two men they were "confronted" by an armed man at the back of the house, not knowing it was the homeowner.Watson said the deputies challenged the armed man and ordered him to drop his weapon. When he didn't, a deputy fired his weapon, striking the man in the neck. It would be another 15 minutes or so before deputies knew for sure that they had shot the homeowner and not a suspect.Watson said they don't know if the homeowner was injured by the suspects.State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said agents were sent to the home to investigate the shooting, which is routine in officer-involved shootings. They were seen at the home a couple hours later talking to investigators and residents.According to SLED, this is the 17th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina in 2015. In 2014, there were 42 officer-involved shootings, officials said. This is also the second officer-involved shooting of the week in the Lowcountry.On Wednesday, a Colleton County deputy shot a bank robbery suspect in the hand during a chase in which the suspect reportedly tried to run over the deputy in a car.