The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division is investigating a police shooting in Charleston County, where a white deputy shot a black man on Thursday while responding to the man’s report of a home invasion.

The man survived the shooting, which occurred in the same county where a white North Charleston police officer was charged with murder after fatally shooting a black man during a traffic stop last month.

The shootings occurred exactly a month apart.

The Charleston County Sheriff’s Office on Friday released an incident report detailing how deputies Keith Tyner and Richard Powell responded to an emergency call Thursday morning in Hollywood, a town about 20 miles from Charleston, the Post and Courier reported.

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Tyner was identified as the deputy who opened fire on Bryan Heyward, according to the newspaper.

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Heyward had called 911 around 11 a.m. and pleaded for help as two gunman who rode in on bicycles broke into his mobile home.
Powell, who has worked for the Sheriff’s Office since July 1995, wrote in the report that he and Tyner arrived to the sight bullet holes in the front windows of Heyward’s home.
The deputies walked alongside the home and found a damaged back door, the report stated.
“As we were approaching, the back door swung open,” Powell wrote. “But (I) could not see in due to my angle.”
Powell heard Tyner shout commands and say that he had spotted a gun, he wrote. He then heard gunfire as Tyner used his pistol to “suppress the threat,” Powell wrote.

Sheriff’s Maj. Eric Watson told the Post and Courier that Tyner is white and Heyward is black.

An e-mail sent to the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office public information officer was not immediately returned Friday.

Heyward was rushed to a hospital after the incident, reports indicate.

The shooting comes during a national conversation about law enforcement tactics and policing in America. It follows protests in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray, as well as unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and other cities across the country.

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