UPDATE: He was shot by a Hampton Police officer, after investigators with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) 22-year-old Donovan Riley was resisting arrest, and fought with the officer. Now his family members say they want to set the record straight.
“You know, that’s a mother’s worst nightmare, to get a call that time of morning, to hear your child has been shot,” Riley’s mother, Shellevese Stokes relives the morning hours in her mind over and over.
“At my first point of reaction, I thought in my head, my child’s still alive,” Stokes says.
She was relieved to find her son alive in the hospital, with a minor injury to the hand. However, the story around the shooting which injured him is still horrifying to her and her husband.
“He said the officer pulled his gun out. He was begging the officer, he said ‘please don’t shoot me, please don’t shoot me’, but he took off running again and the next thing he heard was ‘pop’ and he was shot in the hand,” says Rodney Stokes.
Investigators say an officer spotted Riley near Hoover Street around the Huddle House at about 2 a.m., and tried to arrest him on a bench warrant for violating parole. Riley had previously been charged with on forgery.
“He had been in some trouble before, he did. He was in some trouble before, but nothing violent,” Shellevese Stokes says.
Riley’s parents believe he was unarmed. They say violence is out of his character. They asked for dash cam or body cam footage, but investigators say there is none.
“It makes me feel like they’re trying to cover their…trying to cover their tracks, is how it makes me feel,” his mother says.
“It’s his word against my son’s word, that’s basically what it boils down to,” his father says.
Hampton Police say the officer involved in the incident has been put on administrative leave. Riley is recovering from his hand injury, being held at the Hampton County Detention Center.
BACKGROUND: Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division are investigating an officer involved shooting on Thursday.
Officials say a man was shot during a fight with a Hampton County Police Officer as the officer was attempting to arrest him.
The gunshot was not fatal and the officer was uninjured, according to SLED.
Agents are still working to find out exactly what happened. We’ll continue to follow this story as it progresses.