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Alarm company calls police. Police officer responds. Officer rings doorbell at midnight. Home owner goes to answer door armed. Officer sees gun in Home owners hand and shoots him through the closed door.

Commentary by the police department, 911 calls, and body cam video.

Warnings...strong language and blood.


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Here's a news article about it. Who do you find at fault?

Bodycam footage contradicts Sheriff's Office's initial account of how deputy shot homeowner

Body camera video footage of a deputy shooting and injuring a Simpsonville homeowner in June contradicts the agency's original account of the events leading up to the incident.

The video, captured by the Greenville County deputy involved in the shooting and released Monday morning, shows the deputy shot the man through the window of his house. Initially, the Sheriff's Office said the man was shot after he opened the door and pointed his gun at the deputy. In the video, the man never opened his door.

“The Sheriff’s Office’s statement for weeks after the shooting was that my client opened his front door and aimed at a deputy and you can look at that body cam – that ends that version,” attorney Beattie Ashmore told The Greenville News Monday after the Sheriff's Office released the clips of footage. “It’s difficult to explain how something like this could have happened.”

Ashmore is representing the homeowner, Dick Tench, who he described as a “fiercely-patriotic” citizen and concealed weapons permit holder from Simpsonville.

It's unclear from the video whether Tench pointed a gun at the deputy. However in an exchange with the officer that's captured on video, the man acknowledges he did not know who the deputy was and said that he was protecting his home.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Jimmy Bolt declined to comment on the video or on their initial account of the incident after it first occurred.

Bolt also declined to comment on whether the deputy identified himself as law enforcement at any point before the audio starts.

The agency has also declined to release the name of the deputy, who was placed on paid administrative leave following the shooting. The deputy is currently assigned to administrative duty, Bolt said.

The Greenville News has submitted records requests for the deputy's name, the incident report, supplemental reports and the Sheriff's Office internal affairs investigative file.

There is no audio in the first 30 seconds of the video, including when the deputy fired his gun. The audio comes on afterward and picks up verbal exchanges between the deputy and Tench after he was shot.

AXON, a leading manufacturer of police body cameras, explains on its website that while in "buffer mode" body cameras are recording video, but do not capture audio, and only create 30-second clips that are not saved to permanent memory until cameras are fully activated.

Tench, who was not charged, shouts for someone to "call the cops" shortly after the shooting, the video shows. The deputy responds, "I am the cops."

The deputy responded to the house on Eastcrest Drive after a cell phone emergency alarm was reported at 11:49 p.m. June 13 to Greenville County Communications. The deputy went to the home at about midnight after failed attempts to contact the cell phone from which the alarm originated.

In a critical incident briefing video posted to Youtube, Capt. Tim Brown, of the Sheriff's Office's Office of Professional Standards, said the deputy walked away from the porch after ringing the doorbell, but approached it again when he saw movement inside the house. Brown said the deputy saw Tench walking away from the door holding a gun and pointed his flashlight at him.

Brown said Tench turned and pointed his gun at the deputy, who then fired multiple shots through the window as he left the porch.

The body camera footage shows the deputy approach the front door, and a man can be seen through the front window. The deputy is then seen pointing his flashlight through the window and firing, but the light prevents the camera from capturing what's occurring inside the house.

The Sheriff's Office also declined to share a copy of the edited video file. Bolt said he could not do so because he is filling in for the the primary public information officer who is out of town.
Body camera footage is not subject to the state's Freedom of Information Act. The video that has been released was released voluntarily by the Sheriff's Office as part of its commitment to release video and other relevant information following shootings by deputies.
For about 40 seconds after firing shots through the window, the deputy communicates with Tench inside while standing in the front yard. Tench can be heard yelling in pain during the exchange, by which point the audio was recording.
The deputy then goes inside and finds Tench on the ground near the front door.
Tench, whose face is pixelated in the video, tells the deputy he's been shot in the groin and the chest.
After entering the house, the deputy provides first aid to Tench while they wait for the ambulance.

As the deputy gets ready to treat him, Tench yells, "I saw lights and I heard the door bell ring, so I got my gun. I'm a concealed weapons guy."

Several seconds later, Tench asks, "Why did you do that?" and the deputy responds, "You pointed a gun at me, man." The man replies, "Dude, you came to my house at 12 o'clock at night, I'm sleeping. [Expletive], I've got to protect my house."

Tench saw reflections from the deputy’s flashlight and came to see who was at his home, wondering if an intruder had broken into his house, Ashmore said.

“He carries a concealed weapons permit," Ashmore said. "That’s a four-hour class where they teach you to first know what you’re shooting at when you first pull the trigger. Apparently, the officer didn’t attend that class.”

Ashmore said the video shows the deputy lied about the justification behind his actions.

Tench is recovering but spent the first 30 days following the shooting with two bullets still lodged in his body, Ashmore said. He suffered one gunshot wound to his aortic artery and one to his pelvis. Two other bullets grazed his side, Ashmore said.

“This has shaken him to the core,” Ashmore said.

Tench and his wife had attended a fundraiser for the Simpsonville Arts Foundation earlier that night, Ashmore said.

“They are super fine people," he said. "There’s just more to the story here.”

The State Law Enforcement Division and the 13th Circuit Solicitor's Office are investigating the shooting. The Sheriff's Office is also conducting an internal investigation to determine if the agency's use of force policy was violated during the incident.

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Nobody died----pretty sure that's a requirement for a murder charge.
My mistake, thought the homeowner was killed. (Too many stories about gun killings here ) In that case, fire the cop.

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It's easy to second guess someones actions but reacting when just awakened is a worse case scenario.

I don't like those windows or glass doors where people can see you. I can see through a peephole or curtains that I peek through without being fully visible. The porch light was on it's not known if he turned it on but more likely it was burning all night. He should have been able to see a uniformed deputy ring the door bell.

Rather than to say what I would have done reacting from a dead sleep. Let me say being fully awake sitting comfortably that I have answered the door late at night to cops responding to a noise complaint. I had a Security Six with me. I asked who it was 10' or so back from the door aiming at the door. After they verbally identified themselves I cracked and braced the door. Had a chat with my gun in my hand. No one but me knew I was armed and nobody got shot. When Holding my gun I keep it against my thigh/hip or behind my back.

I look funny when answering the door in my defensive position. I lean back because I'm left handed and present my weak side bracing the door with my foot and hip. I've only done it on a few occasions.

I have been awakened by noises and I don't rush out gun in hand. I observe and monitor while giving myself time to gather my wits about me. I had times when I suspected something which turned out to be nothing but my adrenaline prevented me from going back to sleep. I have investigated out of curiosity on occasion. If there is anyone he has the advantage and I keep that in mind. I talk to myself trying to put any intruders at ease. "Billy go to sleep I'm going back to bed." There is no Billy and I have no intention of going back to bed until I find out everything is okay.

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For that EXACT reason when they showed up at my door step I exit house hands in view and Shut the door....Wife thought I was nutz a year or so ago step son`s friend got into jam cops swung by my place on the hunt...Kid was lucky that night he was in bed recovering from an accident.

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He responded to a panic button call. The idiot cop shot through the door not knowing if there were any hostages in the line of fire.
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