Police Fire Over 50 Shots At Suicidal Man With Mother Standing Right Next To Him

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.

Trevor Mullinax

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.

Trevor Mullinax

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.

She wasn’t wounded. But deputies handcuffed her, wailing and clearly distraught, less than a minute after the shooting. Two deputies hustled her away as she cries, “What are they going to do with my son?”

The video begins with the deputies driving up to Mr Mullinax’s truck parked on his family’s land near Rock Hill on May 7, 2021. A family member had called 911 because Mr Mullinax was threatening to kill himself.

He said “We’re just trying to get our buddy some help,” and gave the operator the cellphone numbers for him and his mother, according to the 911 call.

The deputies never called either of them, driving to the truck after Mr Mullinax’s grandfather told them where it was located, Bamberg said.

There were 47 shots fired. The video shows two deputies pulling a bleeding Mr Mullinax out of the truck and handcuffing him.

“You’re not a death squad. You’re supposed to try to help people, even if you’ve got to shoot them,” Bamberg said. “They handcuff this man with three bullet holes in his head and then they handcuff his mama. Treat her like a criminal. This was disgusting.”

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Mr Mullinax’s mother told investigators hours after the shooting it appeared her son might be reaching for a gun.

According to medical records obtained by state investigators, Mr Mullinax told a doctor at the hospital he was talking to his mother about getting help when officers arrived, and when they arrived suddenly, he reached for the gun so they would shoot him because he didn’t have the courage to do it himself. He said couldn’t say why he changed his mind from seeking help to wanting to die.

Mr Mullinax was the only person charged in the 2021 shooting and faces one count of pointing and presenting a firearm, a felony with a maximum penalty of five years in prison.

At the time of the shooting, Mr Mullinax had a warrant for his arrest on a different charge, but his lawyers said that the burglary charge was dismissed and there are no court records of it.

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Mr Mullinax couldn’t have a gun legally because he was a felon, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said at a news conference Wednesday where he took no questions.

“If a suspect pulls a weapon on a man or woman wearing a badge that says York County Sheriff’s Office, that situation is not going to end well,” Tolson said.

Police officers shouldn’t have to handle people in mental crisis or the other duties piled on them daily, and shouldn’t be second-guessed after they are cleared by investigators, the sheriff said.

“For those of you who are out there making snap judgements about the actions of police officers, hiding behind a computer screen with your thumb courage on Facebook, Instagram — the York County Sheriff’s Office is hiring deputies every day. Please put in an application so you can see firsthand what a police officer faces,” Tolson said.

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Mr Mullinax’s mother said it was hours before anyone told her that her son survived the shooting. She says she no longer trusts the police and flinches every time she sees a police cruiser.

“I wonder if that’s the one who almost killed me that day. Or that’s the one who tried to kill my son that day,” Beason said.

Mr Mullinax said he hates what his mental crisis turned into.

“But if it helps one single person in this world to not have to go through what me and my family have, I’m OK with it,” he said.






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