South Carolina law enforcement officials say no charges are necessary against any of the three Aiken County deputies who shot a man in his home during a domestic incident last year.
The Aiken Standard reports an investigation by the State Law Enforcement Division and 2nd Circuit Solicitor Strom Thurmond, Jr., finished last month. Investigators found the three deputies free of any wrongdoing in the November 2015 shooting of 57-year-old Brian Gavin. Deputies had responded to the home in west Aiken two separate times earlier in the evening.
An incident report stated deputies did not leave the area after the second visit and rushed into the home when they heard gunshots inside. The report states the deputies saw Gavin pointing a gun at his wife and opened fire when he refused to drop the weapon. The Aiken County Coroner’s Office said Gavin died from blood loss due to multiple gunshot wounds.
Dashboard camera footage released at the newspaper’s open records request shows the officers rushed inside after hearing the gunshots. What happened next is not visible on-camera, but was captured on the deputies’ microphones. Gavin’s wife is heard yelling at the deputies for kicking in the door and shooting her husband. Another deputy can be heard explaining to a colleague that they opened fire because they had heard gunshots and saw Gavin had a gun after entering the home.
Gavin’s wife had earlier told dispatchers that she worried a change in medication had caused her husband’s strange behavior.