VIDEO: Thief Attacks Female Deputy, Deputy Accidentally Shoots Suspect's Mom

Sandy Malone

A Greenville County sheriff's deputy accidentally shot a shoplifting suspect's mother while trying to arrest her son.

Greer, SC – A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy accidentally shot a suspect’s mother while trying to take the suspect into custody (video below).

The incident began on Oct. 20 after the Spinx store located at the intersection of Pelham and Batesville Roads reported that 40-year-old Sean Theodore Kaiser had been shoplifting, the Greenville News reported.

A Greenville County sheriff’s deputy responded to the business and viewed surveillance video that showed Kaiser stealing.

“After the deputy arrived at the Spinx, the video tape was reviewed by the deputy, who recognized the shoplifting suspect in the video from a previous call that occurred earlier that morning,” Greenville County Sheriff’s Captain Tim Brown said. “The call was regarding an intoxicated subject involved in a non-violent domestic situation with his mother, who had fled the house after the suspect attempted to take her purse to purchase more beer.”

Bodycam video of the incident showed the deputy, who joined the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office in September of 2018 and completed training in February, went to Kaiser’s mother’s home in the 500-block of Cliffview Court at about 12:30 p.m. and confronted the suspect, the Greenville News reported.

The video showed Kaiser waiting on the front step when the deputy approached.

“Were you at the Spinx this morning?” the deputy asked Kaiser, who was standing with his hands in his pockets.

“Yes,” Kaiser replied.

Bodycam video showed that the deputy informed Kaiser that she was going to read him his Miranda rights.

The suspect turned and walked back into his house, the video showed.

“Hey, where are you going?” the deputy asked, following him into the house.

She grabbed his sleeve and unsuccessfully tried to pull him back outside, the video showed.

“Please don’t do that,” Kaiser told the deputy.

“You don’t run away from me,” she replied.

“I was sexually abused,” Kaiser said.

“This is nothing sexual. Do not leave me again. Do you understand?” the deputy asked.

“Do not grab me,” Kaiser warned in the video.

“Do not run away from me,” the deputy replied.

“Do not grab me,” Kaiser said.

“Do you want me to arrest you right here and right now?” the deputy asked in the video.

“I don’t give a f--k what you do, do not grab me,” he said.

“Do not walk away from me or I will put hands on you,” the deputy, who appeared to be significantly smaller than the suspect, warned him.

“I will respect you and I will talk to you,” Kaiser said.

“Don’t walk away from me,” the deputy commanded him.

“Then don’t f--king grab me,” he replied, leaning toward the deputy in a threatening manner.

“That I can’t guarantee,” the deputy said and Kaiser let loose with a stream of obscenities at her.

That’s when his mother, later identified as Dianne Maros, tried to intervene, the Greenville News reported.

At that point, the deputy radioed for backup, the video showed.

Then the deputy continued to argue with the much larger man about whether she had a right to put hands on him.

Kaiser moved to go upstairs and the deputy grabbed his arm, the video showed.

The two scuffled and the deputy called for backup again.

Then Kaiser’s mother moved to intervene again, first preventing the deputy from handcuffing her son, and then trying to stop him from lunging at the deputy, the video showed.

The video showed Kaiser ran up the stairs and then stopped to turn and argue some more with the deputy.

She ordered him to come back downstairs, but he refused to comply with her commands and wailed “Nooo” at her from the steps like an angry teenager.

“Listen my partner’s coming, you’re going to be under arrest. Get back down here right now!” the deputy yelled at Kaiser in the video.

Kaiser sat down on the staircase and talked with his tearful mother about the shoplifting incident.

The video showed his mother asked if he’d stolen anything and he answered that she knew he had.

And the deputy continued to try to order Kaiser down the stairs, the video showed.

“Yeah you’re gonna come, because there’s a bunch of people coming to me right now,” the deputy warned him.

“That’s fine,” Kaiser replied.

“Get down here right now,” the deputy ordered him.

“Stop with your control,” Kaiser said.

“Jail’s going to be real hard on you bud,” the deputy laughed. “Come down.”

She once again radioed for backup and the video showed she told the dispatcher she would wait for other officers to arrive to make the arrest.

Maros once again tried to talk her son down and he replied by cursing at the deputy, but the video showed he remained seated on the stairs.

Then the video showed that instead of waiting for backup, the deputy again ordered Kaiser to come down the stairs, and then started up the stairs to try and arrest him.

“Come down the stairs now,” the deputy said in soft slow voice.

“Don’t tell me what I have to do because I’ll do whatever the f--k I want,” Kaiser replied, but started to slowly walk down the staircase.

“I’m not going to fight you. I’m stronger than you,” he told the deputy in the video.

“I don’t want to hurt you,” he told her several times as he took a seat at the bottom of the staircase.

The officer tried to get him to allow her to apply handcuffs but he refused, and then sat asking her if she felt powerful.

The deputy informed him that he was breaking the law and told him her backup was on the way.

Kaiser said he understood he would be arrested when other officers arrived.

He also apologized to the deputy if he’d hurt her at any point during the incident, the video showed.

“It would be a lot easier if you would just stand up and put your hands behind your back,” the deputy told him.

And then the video showed she went to try, once again, to take him into custody.

The suspect struggled with the deputy and they wrestled arm to arm, with him still seated on the stairs.

His mother tried to step between them once again and break it up, the video showed.

“I’m stronger than you and I can do whatever I want,” Kaiser said as he got the upper hand on the deputy.

“Let go of me,” the deputy screamed as Kaiser took her to the ground.

When he released her and she got back to her feet, she drew her duty weapon and pointed it at Kaiser, the video showed.

That’s when another woman entered the house and joined Kaiser’s mother in trying to intervene.

The deputy ordered the women to back up and get out of the way multiple times, the video showed.

Maros used her body to physically block her son from the deputy’s line of fire.

The deputy tried to shove the mother’s arm away and Kaiser became enraged.

He jumped up screaming and picked up a heavy plant from the coffee table and slung it at the deputy, the video showed.

As the suspect attacked, the deputy fired her weapon but instead of hitting Kaiser, she accidentally shot his mother who was standing off to the side.

“Shots fired!” the deputy yelled into her radio as Kaiser came after her.

The video showed he grabbed the deputy and took her to the ground.

“You f--king hurt my mother?” Kaiser screamed. “You f--king hurt my mother!”

The video showed Maros flopping down in the armchair after she was wounded.

Kaiser let go of the deputy and sat back on his knees on the floor in front of the deputy.

That’s when backup arrived and another deputy came through the front door, the video showed.

The video showed the arriving deputy kicked Kaiser and knocked him to the floor.

“Shut the f--k up, mother--ker,” the deputy said as he began grappling with the suspect.

The second deputy pinned Kaiser to the floor face down and then talked the first panicked first deputy down and asked her to help him secure the suspect.

“Now listen, I got his hands, you put him in cuffs,” he told her. “You’re alright.”

Maros was transported to the hospital and underwent 10 procedures related to her wounds, the Greenville News reported.

She remained in the hospital with ongoing medical issues related to the shooting, according to Greenville-based attorney Jake Erwin, who is representing Kaiser.

Kaiser was arrested and later charged with resisting arrest with assault, assault and battery of a high and aggravated nature, and shoplifting, the Greenville News reported.

He remained in custody without bond.

Capt. Brown said that deputy sustained a concussion when she was slammed to the ground.

Erwin told the Greenville News that he believed the deputy’s actions and escalation of the incident led to the shooting of an innocent bystander.

"It is clear to me that this officer, whoever she is, is either new or she’s poorly trained or something, because there is no way she should have escalated that situation the way she did," the attorney said. "The moment that he goes back into house, she calls for backup. She knows backup is coming — why is she continuing to escalate the situation?"

The deputy who shot Maros was placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted, as is protocol for officer-involved shootings.

"There’s lots of bad behavior all over this video, but the reason she's hurt, the reason this poor woman is in the hospital, is because of how the officer acted," Erwin said.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy had violated arrest policies during the incident, the Greenville News reported.

The State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) was in charge of the ongoing investigation into the incident.

The sheriff’s department has not identified the deputy.

Watch the incident unfold in the bodycam video below:

Comments (72)
jarhead24
jarhead24

The deputy is in the wrong profession. Can’t teach HEART!

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Cop Watch
Cop Watch

let the games of the ghetto lottery begin! the cop fucked up!

ScaleriBrosLawyer
ScaleriBrosLawyer

Can we just take a moment to appreciate that kick her partner delivered as he came in? Glorious.

Davidtwmay24
Davidtwmay24

He threw a plant at the deputy??? Not in this video, I respect all law enforcement but this deputy should not have acted alone as she could not control the larger Male.This should be shown to female officers as a cautionary tale of when to wait for backup when attempting to detain a drunk/high suspect who appears aggressive and doesn't comply to commands.The mother didn't have to get a bullet in her stomach and the lawsuit that is sure to follow will not play out in the deputy's favor. This is a unfortunate situation all around and if the other officer was present at the time of arrest the outcome would have been one middle age drunk who tried to steal booze locked up for the weekend, returns back home to live with his mom.

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I think she is going to get fired. She kept escalating the situation, when all she needed to do was wait for backup. That comment she made on jail being real hard on him was unprofessional and unnecessary. Just my opinion, but female cops should never patrol alone.

whatalways3parts
whatalways3parts

REQUEST a ALCOHOL TEST!!!

DRUNK P.O.S. is what HE is !!! He messed up, by Not Complying.!!!

nitrodave08
nitrodave08

Do ya'll really have to transcribe the video?

JohnPollastro
JohnPollastro

🖕🏼 That piece of crap and his mother for getting in the way, what a mammas little bitch!

angeleyes
angeleyes

why does it matter if it's a male or female officer? if you've called for backup against an unarmed person and you're not in any immediate danger,just try to contain them to an area you can monitor them, then wait for your backup to arrive.

bryantrent
bryantrent

Moms trying to protect here sun

PhillyBlue
PhillyBlue

Should've just waited it out till backup arrived, the suspect already told you "I'm stronger than you" which was already an attack indicator, he didn't get aggressive till she wanted to go manhandling him like she's wonder woman... and that kick was epic 👏

Woobie46
Woobie46

I thought mom was terribly effective in trying to calm him down...'SEAN -MOUTH' and so forth. She raised a complete asshat and getting shot is probably the least of her problems. This is one of those times where IF the good old paddle had been applied to his butt as needed when young, he would likely be an entirely different person. The cop just didn't know how to handle him and why she was alone in the first place is curious. I think she tried, but her size and lack of upper-body strength proved to be her undoing. She should move along to a job she can handle without getting hurt or getting another someone hurt.

ATLANTA PD
ATLANTA PD

Like others have said she should have talked to the perp and waited for backup and not get confrontational...the biggest problem I have, is the female Deputy put her gun down and backed away from a loaded firearm. The mother or anyone could have picked it up and killed her and the responding Deputy, The responding Deputy had to coach and talk her into what to do "pickup your gun".... Great kick by the way....

JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ
JAIL_OFFICER_RCJ

First rule. No shame in falling back and waiting for reinforcements if no one is in immediate danger.

BanditOne
BanditOne

My God this was hard to watch. I'm as Blue as they come (just retired after 31 years) but this female officer has no right to be on patrol. Everything she did was wrong. Just the fact that Miranda Rights are giving upon two actions: when a subject is in custody and upon asking them questions that could incriminate themselves. Did she even advise him that he was under arrest? She has no clue how to de-escalate a situation, appears to be greatly out of shape by the looks of het heaby arms thst dhe was waiving around while unnecessary arguing with him and lacks confidence in ability yo control him. You never spend so much time arguing about what you can or can not do especially to what appears to be a subject under the influence. Raising her voice and ordering him like a dog only makes matters worse. She knew assistance was en route but by arguing with the non-complaint (not combative or resisting) subject she then had a chip on her shoulder and was going to win her argument right then and there instead of waiting for backup. Then when he grabbed her arm what did she do? She screamed like she was being physically assaulted well beyond than just getting her arm grabbed. But the biggest mistake was her gun should have never been drawn. Why was it? Because she was scared. That's because she lacks the ability to control the subject and the situation. I'm pretty sure while she was pointing her gun at the subject her finger was on the trigger. So while she's back peddling, screaming and waiving her gun around she could've easily inadvertently pulled the trigger. Again why was her gun out in the first place? Also if I'm correct she never told him he was under arrest, she only told him not to walk away so you don't even have resisting arrest at that point. Unfortunately this is an on going trend in new recruits is those who can't defend themselves in a physical situation (and this one was very minor and escalated by her actions) but also put their partners in jeopardy by being their back up. But many women who lack physical strength and even small males who weight under 140 aren't capable of hand to hand combat so that gun comes more frequently than it should. I would be embarrassed to have been her field training officer. IF she remains employed (which I can't as an option) she would be better off on working evidence, CSI, etc. I don't believe I've ever spoke negative about an officer on here (except for the Somolian officer who was also scared and shot the female reporting party for no reason) but that entire episode was really hard to watch, just grange worthy.

NomonK
NomonK

I like and support female officers but females need to realistic. This assault on her could have been completely prevented if she had only followed her on statement. I called for backup and we'll wait. She didn't wait. Secondly the 40 yr old told her the fact that he was much bigger and stronger than her, she should have realized that right off but here's where I'm sure she felt more powerful than she was because she was wearing a uniform with a badge and gun. Common sense, what's the rush, wait on backup. There are female cops that are very physically strong and can handle themselves but they as well as male cops should wait until backup arrives before arresting those that are going to be Combative. You never know when the scumbag may get control of YOUR Service weapon any you become the victim.

Caddis
Caddis

Another situation where a male officer comes to the rescue of a weak pathetic female officer. She should be charged with attempted manslaughter. Police work requires good judgement and sometimes a lot of body strength which this female officer had neither. What an embarrassment having her gun laying on the floor and the male officer having to talk to her like a child to help. How's that gender equality working out for you?

Vincente Coreleone
Vincente Coreleone

I'm not a Journalism major, but why does the headline call him a thief when the article uses the term "suspect?"

DR226
DR226

Hey, was that finger loaded???

Raymelson
Raymelson

Females should have never been allowed to become law officers never send a woman to do a man's job it just doesn't work she creaded a problem an shoot a old lady so now the county will have to pay out a big law suite

IMO
IMO

I just have to wonder who this female is related to in that department, for her to have “passed” the FTO program.

BLUEALWAYS
BLUEALWAYS

Do the OPPOSITE of what this FEMALE so called officer did and you'll be ok. This is when you're trying to do the job THE WRONG WAY !!!!!!!!!!!!

Marxest
Marxest

There were a lot of mistakes made here. It was unnecessary for the deputy to draw her weapon, not to mention firing it and shooting Mr Kaiser's mother. All she had to do was wait for backup. Mr Kaiser was resisting but he clearly had no intention of harming the deputy, until she shot his mother. I've seen a single male patiently wait next to the suspect, then take the subject into custody when other officers arrived. I definitely think some disciplinary measures are in order for this deputy. As for solitary female officers attempting to fight male subjects, this incident clearly shows the folly about that.

AmyHaupert
AmyHaupert

I patrolled on my own and never had any issues. I had some fights and I won them, I also had situations where using time for my weapon was best. This gal is out of her league. The copper that came in as back up? Perfect kick.

DNW
DNW

She's a rookie and unfortunately her trial-by-fire came in the form of "Sean". It is her carelessness with the weapon that I think, (and hope, unfortunately), will cost her job. Nothing personal, it's a public safety issue.

maksdaddy09
maksdaddy09

She deserves to be fired, She shouldn't have gone on her own. The fact that she couldn't handle her own with the suspect. ATM Ask Tell Make went out the window with this situation. Also the mother should be charged but won't be because she was shot.

Leolipshitz
Leolipshitz

This lady should not be a police officer! She is going to get herself hurt! Move her to the dispatch center and save her life. She did nothing but antagonize this man and make matters worse. It was a shoplifting charge for gosh sakes!

NickyJ
NickyJ

This woman she never be an officer. I did not notice any concern for the mother who was shot. Or calling for medical help. Frankly the man clearly has issues but messing with him was horrible. I hope the mother is better soon. This buffalo needs to find a new job.

ZJF
ZJF

There is absolutely no need to rehash this video. This female officer should not be in law enforcement. I have worked with many good female law enforcement officers. I have never seen anything like that!

WarriorMonk
WarriorMonk

This will be used in academy training for years to come. Everything NOT to do on a petty call. I understand this "deputy" is right back on patrol after some "counselling" and light duty.

Whitty4
Whitty4

A person needs to know their limitations!


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