Protected & Served


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.


  1. The cop is protected by Sovereign Immunity, the County will pay a hefty settlement but even if this cop gets fired there’s another Police Agency which will be happy to hire him.
    He should try the LA County Sheriff’s Department, it’s a nicer climate and if he hooks up with a member of the “Bandito’s”on line he’s pretty well assured of getting the job.
    FYI, The “Bandito’s are one of major criminal gangs within the LA Sheriffs Department…

  2. This stuff just pisses me off. I’m willing to grant police officers pretty wide latitude for making mistakes in the middle of dark, dynamic situations filled with crappy people that I don’t want to deal with. But shooting a guy inside his own house? On camera? How is that not jail time for some list of felonies? How do other cops just stand there and shrug while crap like this goes down?

  3. This sort of incompetence really, really angers me.

    Some cops have said to me “Well, you’ve never been there, on someone’s doorstep in the middle of the night….”

    Wrong, Barney. I have. And it has usually been while responding to a medical call, sometimes a trauma call. I’ve hauled my soundly sleeping ass out of bed, jumped into my clothes and boots, gotten into a car, raced to the fire hall, responded as a FF/EMT to calls where no one has answered the door, I’ve had to make entry, and I’ve been met at the door by (in one case) a 180 lb. Rottie, and in another case by a very solid pit bull. In both cases, my worst injury was being covered in dog slobber, and in the pit bull’s case, her tail whipped me, and whipped me, and whipped me. She was so happy to have someone checking out her mistress, she could barely contain herself. She was a a very sweet, but excited dog.

    In neither case did I need to shoot the dog – or the owners. In both cases, my face was the first thing through the door. I’ve met plenty of less intimidating dogs – a pickup truck load of labs and bird dogs, a standard poodle, and a bunch of small yappy foot ornament dogs.

    In our department, if I’m one of the people responding and we hear a big-assed dog behind the door, guess who gets moved to the front of the line? Yours truly. I’ve never, ever had an issue – other than being drenched in slobber.

    Oh, and for our fearless Barney Fifes, I’ll add this detail: I’m a volunteer. I don’t get paid to do this. There’s no pension, there’s no major medical, there’s no big parades in dress uniforms. Our chief doesn’t have a dazzling blouse with four stars on the collar. I don’t have a gun in my hand (or anywhere on my person), no OC spray, no nothing. I’m usually packing a jump bag and a O2 bottle. That’s it.

    So, Barney, don’t lecture me with “You don’t know what it’s like” crap.

    Been there, done it, still doing it – for free.

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