Bodycam footage released Wednesday shows the moment a South Carolina deputy accidentally shot a shoplifting suspect’s mother in her home while trying to make an arrest.
The Greenville County sheriff’s deputy, who hasn’t been publicly named, confronted 40-year-old Sean Theodore Kaiser Oct. 20 in front of his mom’s home, but he retreated inside, according to the footage released by the sheriff’s office.
“Don’t touch me,” he repeatedly told the female deputy, adding: “I’m stronger than you.”
The deputy spent several minutes negotiating with and trying to cuff Kaiser — when he grabbed her wrists and shoved her.
That’s when the cop pulled out her gun, aiming it at Kaiser, while his mom was trying to hold him back.
“You back off!” she told the woman and reached over to pull her off Kaiser.
The heated situation escalated further when Kaiser began to hurl furniture around, yelling at the deputy not to touch his mother.
He then rushed toward the deputy, and she fired her gun, striking Kaiser’s mother.
The mother, identified by Kaiser’s attorney as Dianne Maros, remains hospitalized, The Greenville News reported.
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged Kaiser with resisting arrest with assault and assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature. The sheriff’s office also charged him with shoplifting.
He’s being held at the Greenville County Detention Center on $37,000 bond.
The deputy did not violate department policy, according to the sheriff’s office.