York County Sheriff’s Office has allowed reporters to view — but not record — surveillance video from October 20, the day deputies said a double-murder suspect killed himself in jail.
Joshua Grose, 32, had just been handed additional warrants for murder and attempted murder early that morning. The night before, investigators said Grose ran over his stepmother Sandra Grose and her friend Sandy Thomas with a stolen truck, and beaten his uncle to within an inch of his life.
The sheriff’s office would not allow the video to be recorded by media outlets Tuesday during a press conference, citing security reasons. But it gave several reporters, including Andrew Kiel of Rock Hill station WRHI, the opportunity to see the video first-hand.
Kiel said the 90 minutes of surveillance footage captured Grose attempting to drown himself inside a jail toilet. Within seconds, officers arrived at the cell and attempted to strap him into a restraint chair. Grose refused, “planking” or fully extending his arms and legs, and it ultimately took eight officers nearly 10 minutes to secure him in the chair.
In the video, Grose was struck several times with an open fist by an officer. In this case, Sheriff’s Attorney Kris Jordan said Grose had wrapped his leg around an officer’s leg and pinned him to the chair.
“Officers wheeled Grose into a neighboring holding cell, where video shows him violently struggling and banging his head against a glass-like door 142 times. In a series of routine checks conducted at 15-minute intervals, officers noticed Grose was not moving in his cell and after freeing a strap from the restraint chair lodged in an electronic door locked, discovered he was not breathing,” Kiel wrote.
The officers called EMS a second time and tried to revive the suspect through CPR. But Grose later died at the hospital from blunt force trauma.
In Tuesday’s press conference, Sheriff Bruce Bryant defended his employees’ actions.
“Everything that they did was for the purpose of saving this man’s life,” Bryant told reporters.
The State Law Enforcement Division is conducting its own investigation.