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Man Who Called Police Shot By Deputy

After suspecting that intruders were in his home, Bryan Heyward did what any other homeowner would have done.

He dialed 911. But that move almost costed him his life.

Charleston County, South Carolina, Sheriff’s Deputy Keith Tyner arrived on the scene and in less than two seconds, fired at Heyward, mistaking him for the suspect.

Heyward was exiting out the back door of his home when Tyner fired his weapon twice, giving Heyward a neck wound.

Recently released dashcam footage shows Heyward only having a quick second to drop the handgun he was holding before Tyner took matters into his own hands. According to the audio, Tyner had ordered Heyward to “put his hands up,” but before Heynard could comply Tyner discharged his weapon.

According to a Northeast Ohio Media Group analysis, a statement was published after the killing of 12-year-old Tamir Rice who was shot after point a toy handgun. It read:

When approaching someone who’s either holding a gun or indicating that they have one, police are trained to first take cover at a safe distance and create a barrier between themselves and the other person. This usually means ducking behind the police cruiser or a building.

Next, officers should draw their weapons and command the suspect to drop their gun and get on the ground. The dialogue that happens between an officer and the suspect is what some experts call the most important aspect of police work. … If the suspect doesn’t follow orders and makes a threatening movement, that’s when an officer must make a split-second decision whether to fire.

“We have no issue with officers protecting themselves and others when they have their lives endangered,” Chris Stewart, lawyer for the Heyward family, told  NBC. “But to not take the time to make sure you’re not shooting the person that called you is a concern.”

Heyward remains in intensive care where he is slowly recovering.