Family: Man shot by deputy in Hollywood just learned he's paralyzed

Bryant Heyward (provided)

HOLLYWOOD, S.C. (WCIV) -- The Hollywood man shot and critically wounded by Charleston County deputies investigating a reported home invasion learned on Monday that he was paralyzed, family members said Tuesday.

Upon learning of his paralysis, Bryant Heyward suffered an emotional setback, they added. Before seeing the news coverage of his shooting, the family said Heyward had been upbeat and working on recovering from the shooting.

Heyward has been in the hospital since last month.

His family also announced a fundraiser for Heyward and his family on Saturday at the Wesley United Methodist Church on Baptist Hill Road. The event starts at 2 p.m. and will feature speakers, gospel singers, and a service.

"If Bryant can see the community is standing behind him, it will mean a lot in his recovery," said his uncle Nathaniel Heyward.

Nathaniel Heyward went on to say that the press conference and fundraiser was to expand the reach of their fundraising efforts.

The pastor of the church where the fundraiser is being held said Heyward's mother has not worked since her son was wounded. She's a single mother who has devoted all of her time and energy to her son's health, he said.

She will also travel with him to Atlanta when he moves into a rehabilitation facility. Family members did not have a timeline on when he would be moved. They only know that it will happen once it is safe for Heyward to travel.

Authorities say Heyward was at home the morning of May 7 when two men armed with a gun tried to break into his home. Heyward called 911 from his laundry room and pleaded with dispatchers for help. He told deputies he grabbed a gun from his brother's room and fired shots at the intruders after they fired at him.

Authorities say deputies arrived after the men fled the house and went to the backyard where they came face-to-face with Heyward who came outside the house still armed with the gun. The deputies yelled at Heyward to drop the gun, firing at Heyward less than two seconds later.

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.

The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting.

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