We have a special edition of TOP MEN today. A cop was sent to a home to make sure the resident was safe. Turn out the only thing the home owner had to worry about killing him was the cop.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina homeowner who was shot by a deputy checking a medical alarm did not jerk open his front door with a gun and was instead standing in the home’s foyer when the officer shot through a window, according to body camera footage released Monday.
Homeowner Dick Tench has a concealed weapons permit and did have his gun in his hand, but was devastated when the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office’s initial account of the incident had him pointing his weapon at a police officer, his lawyer said. Well hell’s bells! He had a gun after all, and if there is one thing we know it’s that a civilian with a gun in his hand in his own house is a severe threat to officer safety.
“We were waiting to see the body camera footage to confirm what Dick knew all along — That he was shot through the window,” attorney Beattie Ashmore said. “The deputy’s version doesn’t hold up.”
The deputy was by himself just after midnight June 14 when he came to Tench’s Simpsonville home after a cellphone connected to the address sent out a medical distress alarm
The officer rang the doorbell, but got no answer. He then stepped off
the porch to look around the house when he saw movement inside, said
Capt. Tim Brown on a sheriff’s office video briefing about the shooting,
which included the body camera video.
The body camera footage starts with the officer shining a flashlight through a long, narrow window at a man holding a gun a few steps back from the closed door. GUILTY! He was standing at his door late a night in a furtive manner. what did he expect to happen? For the cop NOT to shoot him? Pffft.
The deputy fires, although how many shots is not clear.
Tench is heard screaming in pain on the footage, saying he had been shot twice. “Oh my god, call the cops please!” The policeman instantly arrived at the shooting. Cop given medal for his alacrity by Mayor.
The deputy, standing in the yard away from the door, yells back, “I am the cops!”
The deputy gets inside and blood can be seen spreading on Tench’s shorts. The sheriff’s office pixilated his face in the video because he was not charged with a crime. The deputy then calls for an ambulance and begins first aid on Tench.
“You came to my house at 12 o’clock at night I’m sleeping. Goddamn, I’ve got to protect my house,” Tench said on the body camera video. “You (expletive)! I can’t believe you did this to me!”
“We’re not going to talk about this right now,” the deputy responds calmly. “We’re going to focus on keeping you alive, OK? So take some deep breaths and clam down and you’re going to be OK.” Nooooo of course we are not gonna talk about it! My body cam is still filming and I haven’t thought of a way to turn you into the bad guy of this story.
Tench was shot twice — one bullet just barely missed his aorta and a second remains lodged in his pelvis.
“The deputy knocked or rang the doorbell — made contact at the door. The gentleman came to the door, jerked it open immediately, presented and pointed a gun directly at the deputy at which time the deputy returned with fire,” Flood had said that day. Complete lie. You can see the unedited video at the link below .
Tench has spoken to State Law Enforcement Division agents, who are investigating the shooting. An internal sheriff’s office investigation is also ongoing. The deputy, whose name hasn’t been released, remains on leave with pay. Of course the King’s man keeps his pay. Lisa needs braces after all.
So what can we learn from this? Don’t legally carry a gun in your home and check out check out the suspicious noise in the middle of the night. Otherwise a cop may shoot you without any reason other than when all you have is a hammer, everything look like a nail.