Suicidal South Carolina man survived being shot nine times by cops who fired 50 rounds at him during a wellness check – Trevor Mullinax, 29, is suing deputies who descended on him ‘like cowboys from a John Wayne movie’
Suicidal South Carolina man, 29, who survived being shot nine times by cops who fired 50 rounds at him is suing deputies in York County, for ‘excessive use of deadly force’
Trevor Mullinax said cops descended on himself and his mother and opened fire ‘Like cowboys from a John Wayne film’, because he had a shotgun
Trevor Mullinax, said admits he had a shotgun but it was pointed at any, one, at some point his hands were raised, but deputies continued firing as he sat in his stationary truck
Two days earlier during a domestic incident with his girlfriend Mullinax kicked in the door was then charged burglary and domestic violence, that was later dropped
He claims that subsequently he was suffering a mental health breakdown, was feeling suicidal and had gone to his grandmother’s grave
Returning and to an open field on the family property, his mother spent nearly fours talking him out of killing himself
Family member called 911, but cops responding for the welfare check, opened fire as they simultaneously yelled ‘show us your hands’, forcing his mother to run for cover
York County Sheriff’s office dispute the allegations, claiming Mullinax put officers in danger after he pulled a shotgun
‘Never seen anybody get shot in the back of the head who’s a threat to law enforcement or anybody else’ Justin Bamberg, The lawyer for Mullinax said at a news conference on Tuesday
Deputies are seen getting out of the police vehicles and shouting: ‘Let me see your hands’. Then they started raining shots even though at some point the occupant f the truck has his hands raised
A suicidal South Carolina man who survived being shot by cops nine times in on May 7, 2021, is suing the officers for ‘excessive use of deadly force.’
According to his lawyers Trevor Mullinax, 29, was involved in a domestic incident with his girlfriend two days earlier during which he kicked in the door. Cops were called and Mullinax was then charged with burglary and domestic violence. Those charges were later dropped as unfounded, according Justin Bamberg, lawyer for Mullinax, said at a news conference on Tuesday.
He claims that subsequently he was suffering a mental health breakdown. After speaking to family members about his medical emergency, he was still was feeling suicidal and had gone to his grandmother’s grave.
As the family is about to go in search of him, he pulls into the driveway in his pickup truck and drives into an open field beside the family home.
Deputies were called to Beason’s property after his mother Tammy Beason had spent over three hours trying to talk him out of killing himself.
When deputies arrived, they walked toward Mullinax’s truck and commanded him to show his hands, according to body camera video. Seconds later, deputies fired shots at Mullinax, who was hit nine times and shot at almost 50 times, according to the lawsuit.
Trevor Mullinax, 29, seen [photo], in his hospital bed, survived being shot nine times by sheriff’s deputies who fired 50 shots at his truck
South Carolina sheriff’s deputies opened fire on truck with Trevor Mullinax sitting inside. The fire 50 shots, as his mother is seen fleeing the fusillade. Mullinax who was hit 9 times but survived, is suing the officers
Mullinax claims he was sitting in his pickup truck talking to his mother when police descended on them ‘like cowboys from a John Wayne movie.’
The York County Sheriff’s Office contest the claims, and say ‘Mr. Mullinax chose to put these men in danger by pulling a shotgun.’
Mullinax, who lives in Rock Hill, South Carolina, alleges in the lawsuit the officers drew their guns and resorted ‘to using deadly force, immediately, without attempting to deescalate the situation.’
One deputy is seen reloading before firing into the truck as Mullinax’s mother Tammy Beason [right] ducks for cover in long grass to the side. She was standing by the window talking to her son when cops opened fire on arrival
Police bodycam footage of the incident, which took place on May 7, 2021, shows Mullinax inside the pickup truck on his family’s land, with his mother Tammy Beason outside the vehicle near the driver’s window.
Deputies are seen getting out of the police vehicles and shouting: ‘Let me see your hands’.
Moments later they begin to shoot at the vehicle, breaking the windscreen glass as Beason, 48, ducks and runs to take cover in the nearby shrubbery.
After 50 shots were fired, Beason’s distressed screaming can be heard from the pick-up.
Mullinax admitted he did have a shotgun in the truck, but denies pointing it at himself or the cops.
Instead he raised his hands and was complying with the deputies’ orders, his lawyers insist.
The deputies who are arrive to conduct a welfare check are seen in the footage from another officer’s bodycam, showing as they continue to shoot, surrounding the bullet-ridden pick-up truck
‘There was a round that hit him smack dab in the middle of the back of his head,’ Mullinax’s lawyer, Justin Bamberg, told a news conference attended by Beason on Tuesday.
‘Never seen anybody get shot in the back of the head who’s a threat to law enforcement or anybody else.’
Mullinax told reporters he was experiencing a mental health crisis and the police were involved after he battered his girlfriend’s door in several days before the shooting.
A call was placed to the sheriff’s department requesting a ‘wellness check’ on Mullinax, the complaint states.
A team of deputies went to the family’s property and were directed to the scene by Mullinax’s grandfather where his grandson was parked and talking to his mother, the suit states.
State Rep. Justin Bamberg, [photo], lawyer, for Mullinax, revealed that ‘There was a round that hit him smack dab in the middle of the back of his head’
Officer involved shooting survivor, Trevor Mullinax seen [photo], during Tuesday’s press conference about the violent shootout at his family home in May 2021, is is suing York County deputies for ‘excessive use of deadly force’
On May 7, 2021, deputies were called to Beason’s property after Mullinax’s mother Tammy Beason [photo], had spent over three hours trying to talk him out of killing himself. Standing beside the truck when cops opened fire, she is seen fleeing in the footage
‘Prior to arriving at the location on the property where Plaintiff Mullinax was still sitting inside his pickup truck, Sheriff’s deputies drew their firearms and were prepared to shoot Plaintiff Mullinax and exercise deadly force before they made verbal contact with him,’ the court papers say.
‘Trevor was just in a really dark place,’ his lawyer told reporters, ‘and had been contemplating suicide.’
‘May is Mental Health Awareness Month,’ Mullinax added. ‘I hate that I have to be the face of it this month. But if it helps even one single person in this world to not have to go through what me and my family have, I’m OK with it.’
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said in a statement: ‘Mr Mullinax chose to put these men in danger by pulling a shotgun.
‘These deputies responded appropriately to the threat as they were trained to do.’
‘Had Mr. Mullinax made different choices that day, deputies would not have been required to use force.’
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