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Yonges Island Man Shot By Cop Needs Community Help With Mounting Medical Expenses
7/29/2015 5:04:23 PM

Bryant Heyward
By Barney Blakeney

Coordinators for Bryant Heyward’s fundraising efforts are hoping the Charleston community gets behind efforts to assist the 26-year-old Yonges Island man shot May 7 by a Charleston County Sheriff Department deputy.

Heyward was left paralyzed by the deputy’s bullet. He soon will be going to Atlanta, Ga. for rehabilitation. But Heyward will need a lot of financial assistance for mounting medical and other expenses.

Hollywood Rep. Robert Brown said theirs is not a wealthy community. He hopes local businesses will respond to Heyward’s need. Friends and family members plan an Aug. 8 dinner sale 11 a.m.-8 p.m. at Hollywood Park at Toll Road and Dixie Plantation Road in Hollywood.

Many questions remain unanswered in the tragic shooting that occurred after Heyward called police to respond to a home invasion. According to reports the frightened man called police to report armed men breaking into his home. But when deputies arrived at the scene, Heyward who also had a gun, was shot.

Heyward has been described as a quiet timid young man who was frightened and desperate as he called 911 emergency for help as two men broke into his home.

Recordings of the call reveal Heyward’s pleas for help telling the 911 operator the invaders were armed. Shots were fired and when deputies arrived they saw two men leaving the scene. At the rear of the house as deputies approached, Heyward opened a door with the gun he had in hand. One officer ordered him to drop the weapon before shooting Heyward.

The suspected invaders have been arrested, but Heyward’s adversities only are beginning. He lived at the residence with his mother and brother helping to sustain the family said his uncle, Nathaniel Heyward who is coordinating fundraising efforts.

Though the shooting incident is being investigated and the family has retained an attorney, financial resources to assist the paralyzed man are limited, said Nathaniel Heyward.

“We’re relying on friends, family and the community, but the response has been slow, especially since the tragedy at Emanuel AME Church. Besides his medical expenses, they have to remodel the family’s home to make it handicap accessible to accommodate him. At this point, community support is vital. It’s crucial,” Nathaniel said.

Donations can be made at First Citizens banks c/o Bryant Terrell Heyward and online at - BH Account/v63vxg or mailed c/o Bryant Heyward to P.O. Box 1251, Hollywood, S.C. 29449. For information call Nathaniel Heyward at (843) 860-0567.

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