A man has filed a lawsuit against the police claiming he was shot at almost 50 times by officers while he was sitting in a parked truck having a mental health crisis.
Trevor Mullinax is suing the York County Sheriff’s Office in South Carolina after deputies allegedly shot at him repeatedly, around 50 times, despite him raising his hands.
At a news conference on Tuesday, attorney Justin Bamberg accused the officers of behaving like “John Wayne cowboys” and “gunslingers” during the incident.
Mr Mullinax survived the incident in May 2021, although he sustained nine gunshot wounds, including three to the head, as per the lawsuit.
Upon arrival, the four deputies started firing only a few seconds after yelling “Hands!” multiple times, as shown in the police dash cam video released by Mr Mullinax’s legal team.
The shooting lasted just five seconds, resulting in the windshield of the pickup being riddled with bullet holes.
“Those officers went out there like John Wayne cowboys. They came out there like gunslingers,” attorney Justin Bamberg said at a news conference Tuesday.
Prosecutors reviewing the case did not charge the four deputies who shot at Mr Mullinax. Each officer gave a statement to investigators 11 days after the shooting and after reviewing the body camera and other footage.
The officers said in those seconds they thought Mr Mullinax was getting ready to flee, then they saw him reach back to the truck’s rear seat, grab the shotgun and point it at them, according to the State Law Enforcement Division report on the shooting.
Mr Mullinax’s mother, Tammy Beason, said she’d been trying to comfort her son after he threatened to kill himself. She was standing by the driver’s-side window when the officers opened fire.