Bodycam Footage Shows South Carolina Deputy Accidentally Shooting Shoplifting Suspect's Mother in Her Home

Bodycam footage released on Wednesday showed the moment a South Carolina deputy accidentally shot an elderly woman in her home.

In the tense video, a female deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office returned to a house in Cliffview Court, Greer—10 miles east of Greenville—having been called to the address for a non-violent domestic disturbance incident earlier in the day.

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office said the officer had left the home without incident on the first occasion after an intoxicated Sean Kaiser tried to take his mother's purse to buy beer. The officer returned after she was called to a shoplifting case at the Spinx convenience store on South Batesville Road.

Police said the deputy recognized Kaiser in the security footage from the store and so she went to the man's address for a second time.

As seen in the bodycam footage, the deputy asked Kaiser if he had been to Spinx since her first visit. When Kaiser said he had visited the store, the deputy began to read him his Miranda rights, alerting him that he is suspected of theft.

As the officer read the warning written on a small card, Kaiser turned away and tried to return inside his home. The officer then grabbed Kaiser's T-shirt and followed him inside, leading to a 10-minute stand-off that steadily became more fraught.

A deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office attempts to detain Sean Kaiser after reading him his Miranda rights following a theft at the Spinx convenience store on South Batesville Road. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office

Inside the home, Kaiser repeatedly refused to be arrested and did not comply with the deputy's requests. The deputy then attempted to arrest Kaiser again, but he grabbed her wrists and grew more violent.

"I'm stronger than you," Kaiser told the officer as she made repeated pleas for him to let go of her. "I can do whatever the f*** I want."

After a short tussle where Kaiser's mother stepped in to intervene, the deputy eventually broke free and drew her pistol, aiming it at the pair.

The officer told Kaiser to keep his hands down and told the suspect's mother to step away, proceeding to pull the woman away with her left hand, but Kaiser became more angered when the deputy touched his mother.

The suspect lurched forward and broke free from his mother's grip, prompting the officer to fire a round which hit the elderly woman identified by the Greenville News as Dianne Maros. As Kaiser's attempts to grab the deputy continued, she fired another round which did not hit anybody.

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The shocking moment a deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office fired a round at Sean Kaiser after attempting to detain him in his South Carolina home. Greenville County Sheriff’s Office

Kaiser then grabbed the officer and wrestled her to the ground, before she managed to break free once again.

Backup then arrived and detained Kaiser. Following the October 20 incident, Kaiser was charged with resisting arrest, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature on an officer and shoplifting. He remains in Greenville County jail without bond.

Warning: The following video contains scenes some viewers may find disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

Maros, Kaiser's mother, remains in hospital and underwent at least 10 procedures, according to Jake Erwin, a lawyer for the family.

"There's lots of bad behavior all over this video, but the reason she's hurt, the reason this poor woman is in the hospital, is because of how the officer acted," Erwin told Greenville News.

"It is clear to me that this officer, whoever she is, is either new or she's poorly trained or something, because there is no way she should have escalated that situation the way she did.

"The moment that he goes back into the house, she calls for backup. She knows backup is coming—why is she continuing to escalate the situation?"

The Greenville County Sheriff's Office told Greenville News the deputy was cleared of any wrongdoing in an internal investigation, however, the State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the case. The police department declined to identify the officer pending the result of the SLED investigation.

Newsweek has contacted the Greenville County Sheriff's Office for an update.

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