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Title: Simpsonville man sues Greenville County Sheriff’s Office after getting shot by deputy inside own home
Source: WYFF-4
URL Source: https://www.wyff4.com/article/simps ... eputy-inside-own-home/32940179
Published: Jun 23, 2020
Author: Madeleine Hackett
Post Date: 2020-06-27 14:26:41 by Deckard
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Views: 294
Comments: 6

The deputy behind the shooting was terminated from a New Jersey police department before coming to South Carolina; involved in another deputy-involved shooting

Simpsonville residents Dick and Cindy Tench filed a lawsuit in federal court on Monday, suing the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and Kevin Azzara, the deputy that shot Dick Tench three times.

Under the representation of Greenville attorney, Beattie Ashmore, the Tenches demand a jury trial for the deputy-involved shooting that happened on June 14, 2019.

To read the complaint, click here.

Tench told WYFF News 4 he was asleep inside his Eastcrest Drive home when Deputy Kevin Azzara responded to a medical panic alarm that had gone off inside the house, shortly before midnight.

When Tench went to see who was outside his home, Azzara fired through the home’s glass door panel, striking Tench in the chest, groin and back.

“(Azzara) was hiding behind a wall and shot me at a 45 degree angle,” Tench said. “That’s what happened. I’m laying on the ground with three bullet holes in me, dying.”

An investigation was launched by SLED and Azzara was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

The lawsuit says that Tench has a concealed weapons permit, and while he thought there was an intruder inside his home and he did have a gun in his hand, he never raised it or pointed it at Azzara.

"Dick Tench still has a bullet in his hip that reminds him of the shooting every day," Tench's attorney, Beattie Ashmore, said. "Nothing has ever been done by Greenville County Sheriff's Office. The complaint alleges that this deputy was terminated his rookie year in New Jersey and unsuccessfully sued to get his job back. We further allege that he was then hired by GCSO and prior to shooting Dick he shot and killed three dogs and a person. The GCSO then lied about what happened by saying Dick opened the door and pointed a gun at the deputy. Thankfully the body camera video proves that Dick was shot in his own home through his front door window. Dick and Cindy want accountability and better training for local law enforcement."

An initial Facebook post by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office stated that “Once the deputy (Azzara) arrived on scene, he went to the door and soon after was met by the homeowner who pulled the door open and pointed a handgun directly at the deputy. The deputy then fired his weapon, striking the subject (Tench) at least one time.”

However, the body camera video, released 45 days after the incident, contradicts the initial Facebook post. Tench is never seen opening the door. The Sheriff’s Office later retracted the statement.

According to the lawsuit, Azzara never identified himself as law enforcement prior and never activated the blue lights or siren on his vehicle while he was at the Tench’s house.

“I’ve never been a cop. I’ve never been around anybody who’s had to make those split second decisions ... but it was a bad one,”Dick’s wife, Cindy Tench, said. “Within a half hour of kissing your spouse of nearly 40 years goodnight and the next thing you know he’s in the foyer bleeding to what we thought could have been his end…when you wake up to that.. you have no clue what’s going on.”

The lawsuit states that Tench carrying a gun inside his home, while investigating a nocturnal disturbance on his own property, should have been apparent to Azzara at the time of the shooting.

New evidence revealed in the lawsuit, states that Azzara was terminated from his position at a police department in New Jersey before coming down to South Carolina. He was also involved in a separate deputy-involved shooting that killed a 50-year-old man.

Today, Tench walks with a cane. One of the bullets is still lodged in his groin - too deep to extract.

In addition to the federal lawsuit and amid a nationwide outcry for better policing, Dick and Cindy, too, are demanding more from law enforcement.

“People say they have a tough job and everything… And they do. But there’s also innocent people out there getting killed every day,” Dick said. “Every day getting killed by bad decisions. They need better vetting and better training.”

When reached for comment, the Greenville County Sheriff's Office said in a statement: "Consistent with the GCSO stance on pending litigation we will refrain from comment to protect the integrity of the case."


Poster Comment:

Azzara was terminated from his position at a police department in New Jersey before coming down to South Carolina. He was also involved in a separate deputy-involved shooting that killed a 50-year-old man.

And there are some here who virulently contend that we don't need any police reform. Why are criminal cops allowed to be rehired by another department after being fired by another?

'It's difficult to explain': Bodycam footage contradicts Sheriff's Office's initial account of how deputy shot homeowner

Deputy Kevin Azzara responded to a medical panic alarm that had gone off inside the house,

Is that standard procedure when responding to as MEDICAL call - shoot the homeowner?

Yeah, we don't need no stinking police reform, it will just benefit blacks.

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#1. To: Stoner, sneakypete, A K A Stone, misterwhite, Gatlin (#0) (Edited)

Tench saw reflections from the deputy’s flashlight and came to see who was at his home, wondering if an intruder had broken into his house, Ashmore said.

“He carries a concealed weapons permit," Ashmore said. "That’s a four-hour class where they teach you to first know what you’re shooting at when you first pull the trigger. Apparently, the officer didn’t attend that class.”

I'm surprised the trigger-happy cop didn't shoot the wife as she came down the stairs.

Government is in the last resort the employment of armed men, of policemen, gendarmes, soldiers, prison guards, and hangmen.
The essential feature of government is the enforcement of its decrees by beating, killing, and imprisoning.
Those who are asking for more government interference are asking ultimately for more compulsion and less freedom.

Deckard  posted on  2020-06-27   14:30:42 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#2. To: Deckard (#1)

I'm surprised the trigger-happy cop didn't shoot the wife as she came down the stairs.

Now you tell me. I never thought of that.

Fred Mertz  posted on  2020-06-27   17:07:34 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#3. To: Deckard (#0)

No one needs a concealed carry permit to carry a gun in their own home. The homeowner had every right to point his weapon an any unidentified person acting threateningly on his own property. The cop had no legitimate reason to believe his life was in danger as his presence there was not pursuant to any reported criminal activity. This is a country where the 2nd Amendment is a right. Therefore, no cop has any legit reason to assume anyone exercising a constitutionally protected right is engaged in criminal activity, absent any reports or evidence whatsoever to the contrary.

Pinguinite  posted on  2020-06-28   4:31:54 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#4. To: Deckard (#0)

Deputy Kevin Azzara responded to a medical panic alarm that had gone off inside the house,

WTF is a freaking DEPUTY SHERIFF even doing responding to a medi-alert call?

He does NOT have an ambulance with him,he is NOT a EMT,and the SOB is pointing a loaded weapon at the door when he goes there.

SOB SHOULD be arrested for attempted murder,but he won't be. The victim will be lucky to get the DA to charge him with something like "illegal discharge of a firearm".

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2020-06-29   12:53:04 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#5. To: Pinguinite (#3)

The cop had no legitimate reason to believe his life was in danger as his presence there was not pursuant to any reported criminal activity.

The cop didn't even have a legitimate reason to BE THERE.

Nobody called the cops,the bracelet "called" an ambulance with EMT's.

In the entire history of the world,the only nations that had to build walls to keep their own citizens from leaving were those with leftist governments.

sneakypete  posted on  2020-06-29   12:55:00 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


#6. To: Deckard (#0)

White Lives Matter,

Liberals are like Slinkys. They're good for nothing, but somehow they bring a smile to your face as you shove them down the stairs.

IbJensen  posted on  2020-07-01   22:00:32 ET  Reply   Trace   Private Reply  


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