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TASER FIGHT IS LIFE AND DEATH 2009
HORRY COUNTY, SOUTH CAROLINA
DASHCAM
5-18-2009
35:05
22:00
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RAINY NIGHTTIME COLOR DASHCAM WITH AUDIO, DASHCAM PARKED IN CONVENIENCE STORE PARKING LOT, SUDDENLY DASHCAM TURNS AROUND AND RACES OUT OF PARKING LOT WITH LIGHTS FLASHING AND SIREN, DASHCAM PULLS UP TO ANOTHER OFFICER STRUGGLING WITH SUSPECT IN THE DITCH, TWO OFFICERS RUN UP TO HELP, SUSPECT STARTS MOANING AND MUMBLING, OFFICER REPEATEDLY TELL SUSPECT TO STAY ON THE GROUND, AMBULANCE ARRIVES, SUSPECT CONTINUES CRYING AND MOANING AS THE OFFICERS MILL AROUND, SUSPECT TAKEN AWAY ON STRETCHER,
A Horry County Police officer stopped a Little River man on an outstanding warrant early Monday, May 18, 2009. The stop ended with a fight over a taser and a trip to the hospital for both. Horry County Police Sergeant Robert Kegler tells News 13 that Officer Charles Dean was trying to serve Krishmer Shamar Bessent, 30, with a warrant that night. Kegler said that Dean had made several attempts to contact Bessent earlier in the day with no luck until he stopped him on the road and approached him with the warrant. Kegler continued by saying that’s when Bessent grabbed hold of Officer Dean’s Tazer and the dangerous struggle began, landing them both in a near by ditch. Officer Brian Wilson, who arrived with another officer, is seen pulling the Tazer away from Bessent’s hand while the other officer handcuffed him. Kegler said that this was a matter of life and death. That’s why the department sees no wrongdoing and deems this as an appropriate action taken by their officers. "The current from the Tazer will go through the ballistic vest and incapacitate you just as well if you weren’t wearing one if that was the case then that officer has no longer access to hit the stuff that’s on his belt but the suspect does it’s actually a deadly force situation, so was it appropriate? Yes." Kegler also said that Officer Dean is expected to go back to work Monday after suffering a sprained wrist and a black eye during the struggle. Bessent was charged with assault and battery on a police officer while resisting arrest. He is currently out on bail. Krishmer Bessent was arrested March 17 on a drunk-driving charge. The mugshot taken that day shows what the South Carolina man looked like before he grabbed a police officer's taser Monday (5/18/09) and tried to shoot him with it. A judge set Bessent’s bond at $10,000. An Horry County Police officer attempted to stop a Little River man, who police said had an outstanding arrest warrant, before the suspect took off running from police early Monday morning. Officer Charles Dean attempted to arrest Krishmer Shamar Bessent, 30, just past midnight Monday as Dean saw Bessent walking down Bellamy Road. Dean was preparing a case file on Bessent from a DUI charge the officer levied against him in March, when he ran Bessent’s driver’s license number through dispatch for a criminal history check, according to a police report. County dispatchers informed Dean that Bessent was wanted on an "assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature" warrant. Dean left the precinct office, and drove by Bessent’s Bellamy Drive home, to locate him, but did not see his car at home, according to Dean’s report. Police said Dean left Bellamy Drive and headed to a bar the officer said he knew Bessent frequented. Dean reported that he left the bar and headed back down Bellamy Drive and spotted Bessent walking down the road. The officer made a u-turn and ordered Bessent to place his hands on the patrol car, according to the police report. The report states that Bessent started resisting and trying to elbow the officer while officer Dean continued working to place Bessent under arrest. Dean pulled his taser and tried to use it on Bessent, but the taser "failed to deploy," according to Dean. Bessent continued trying to grab the officer’s taser before both men fell into a ditch, knocking the taser out of Dean’s hand, according to the report. Bessent and Dean continued wresting over the taser before Bessent got a hand on the taser and fired it, driving the prongs into the ground, according to Dean’s report. The officer hit Bessent in the face "multiple times," because Dean reported the situation, "put me in fear for my life." Bessent told a county magistrate at his bond hearing Monday, "I didn’t assault him, he assaulted me." On March 17, Dean arrested Bessent and charged him with driving under the influence, according to court records. Bessent is free on bond on the DUI charge and has requested a jury trial in the case. Medics took Bessent and Dean to the Seacoast Hospital emergency room with injuries following the fight Monday. Dean was treated for a black eye and a wrist injury. Bessent was treated and released from the hospital Monday afternoon and booked in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center. Bessent faces an assault on a police officer while resisting arrest charge. A county magistrate set Bessent’s bond at $10,000 on the charge Monday afternoon. Bessent remains jailed without bond on the assault and battery charge.
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CAUGHT ON TAPE
CAUGHT ON CAMERA
CAUGHT ON VIDEO
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SHOOTING
GUN
POLICE
COPS
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