May 9, 2015 5:00 pm -

The deputy seemingly mistook the homeowner for the burglar.

Bryant Heyward, 26, called 911 on Thursday when two men were allegedly burglarizing his home, reports The Daily Mail. He exchanged gunfire with the two suspects before police arrived on the scene.

According to the 911 call records, Heyward was hiding in his laundry room while he waited for police to arrive.

“Someone was trying to break into my house, please come,” Heyward said to the 911 operator. “It’s an emergency and they have guns.”

When the two sheriff’s deputies arrived they saw a gunshot hole in a front window of the home and the backdoor appeared to be damaged, the police incident report noted.

Heyward reportedly came out of the back door holding a gun. Deputy Keith Tyner told Heyward to drop his gun and he allegedly refused.

Deputy Tyner then shot Heyward in the neck in what his partner, Deputy Richard Powell, reported as a shot fired to “suppress the threat.”

Heyward was taken to the hospital and treated for life threatening injuries. According to his family’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, he is unable to speak and has no feeling from his waist down, reports U.S. News & World Report.


D.B. Hirsch
D.B. Hirsch is a political activist, news junkie, and retired ad copy writer and spin doctor. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

16 responses to Black Homeowner Shot By Sheriff’s Deputy Who He Called For Help

  1. Maxx44 May 9th, 2015 at 5:18 pm

    A crook with a gun? A good guy with a gun? A homeowner with a gun? A victim with a gun? Who cares? He’s black, so fire away.

    • ObrooSir May 10th, 2015 at 3:09 am

      Honestly, I think they just fired right away. I doubt they asked him to put down the gun. I mean, why would he refuse a request when he could clearly see that they were the cops he had called. This whole thing is ridiculous. I’m tired of cops.

      • Jimmy Fleck May 12th, 2015 at 3:14 pm

        The man is quoted in the article as saying he saw the officer and should have put down the gun. Why do you not believe what he said about the incident himself?

        • ObrooSirio May 12th, 2015 at 3:46 pm

          The man is quoted in the article? Where? Give me direct quotes. I’m sure it’d prove quite a feat, considering he can’t speak, which, coincidentally, is mentioned quite clearly in this article. Where are you getting your information from?
          Btw, considering how often police officers have been caught lying about similar circumstances in other cases where the victim was either seriously maimed, or straight up murdered, it’s safe to side with the victim. You can keep your head up the cops’ asses, though. I won’t stop you.

          • Jimmy Fleck May 12th, 2015 at 3:49 pm

            click on the article link. I also copied his quote in my comment above.

          • ObrooSirio May 12th, 2015 at 4:00 pm

            If he mentioned regret for not putting down the gun, it was in reference to after he chased off the intruders and before the police officers ever showed up, not when he was warned by said police officers. A newly released daschcam video shows he was only given two seconds to put down the gun after the police officers told him to. He was probably voicing regret for holding the gun when they first showed up. These police officers are firing their guns off too quickly, before asking questions, and faster than their requests can be met. It’s getting ridiculous.

  2. whatthe46 May 9th, 2015 at 5:24 pm

    “Tyner told Heyward to drop his gun and he allegedly refused.” that will likely not fly as the “officer” screwed up. he didn’t immediately die. once this man is able to give his version, we will certainly hear a different story. and one other thing. i guess the cops feel like just because a black man can become president, it doesn’t mean he can own a home and definitely wouldn’t call the cops for assistance.

  3. ObrooSir May 10th, 2015 at 3:08 am

    I’m honestly tired of hearing ‘He refused to put down the weapon,’ as an excuse when it’s been disproved so often. He was the homeowner, why would he refuse to put down the weapon? It’s safe to say that the government needs to train cops better or teach them to rely on their stun gun, rather than their actual gun. Even if it was an accident, he needs to be charged. When civilians accidentally shoot another, we’re always charged. This is becoming ridiculous.

  4. rg9rts May 10th, 2015 at 4:31 am

    How convenient …unable to speak…You believe the cops?? Body cams all around

  5. Warman1138 May 11th, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    There’s been an update on this story on msn. The officer only gave the homeowner two seconds between warning and then firing.

  6. Jimmy Fleck May 12th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    “I saw officers and I should have put the gun down,” Bryant Heyward told a Charleston County Sheriff’s investigator during an interview in the ambulance following the Thursday incident. “I didn’t. They thought I was the crook and shot,” Heyward, 26, said. The recorded interview was played Friday for local community leaders and news reporters.

    • OldLefty May 12th, 2015 at 12:16 pm

      Everybody knows that.
      The main thing is…so what?

      • ObrooSirio May 12th, 2015 at 4:04 pm

        When he mentioned he should have put the gun down, he meant immediately after the intruders had been chased off, and before the officers even arrived. According to a newly released dashcam video, he was only given a mere two seconds to answer the cops’ request to put the gun down, a feat no one can master. The police officers are trigger-happy. They didn’t even give him enough time to put his weapon down, and if he feels regret or guilt about it, I feel bad for him because it’s not his fault.

        • OldLefty May 12th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

          I don’t know enough about what happened to make a judgement one way or the other.

          • ObrooSirio May 12th, 2015 at 4:48 pm

            It’s okay, you don’t have to. But experience, and evidence, has taught me that in most cases similar to the one described in this article, police officers tend to lie about their earnest requests not being met, or having uttered them in the first place, or seeing a weapon. At least in this circumstance, we know the homeowner had a weapon, but we also know that the police officer acted too quickly, and didn’t give the victim enough time to put down the weapon. Do you want the link to the article with the video evidence?
            I know that my assumption is just that, and is not definite, but I’m going to keep it until we’re given more information.

  7. Rigel Behrens May 12th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

    Wonder why the NRA’s not stepping up to defend this man’s Second Amendment rights? His home was being broken into by armed robbers, he seemed to be trying to defend himself while waiting for police to arrive, and…oh…never mind