911 tapes released in fatal Greenville County deputy-involved shooting

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In the 911 tape from a deputy-involved shooting in Greenville County, it depicts the last moments before Jermaine Massey was shot and killed. 

On March 19, Massey called deputies to his home on 3rd Avenue. 

On the tape, Massey tells the 911 operator that he got into a fight with his girlfriend and wanted help leaving the house they shared. 

He tells the operator that he suffers from bi-polar disorder and says he felt like he may do something “stupid” as a result of an episode.

911 Recording:

“Me and my baby mama we’re having difficulty with each other, and I would like someone to escort me off the premises.” – Massey

“I’m trying my best to do the right thing right now before I snap out and scratch out and hurt anybody.” -Massey

“Yeah, what have you been diagnosed with do you know?” -operator

“Um Bi-polar. I’ve been hearing a little bit, but I haven’t been hearing any voices today.” -Massey

On the call, Massey also screams that his “mind is gone.”

He told the operator that he did not have any weapons on him or inside the home, but later in the call, you can hear deputies responding and telling Massey to “drop the knife.”

He also tells his son that he love him. 

The 911 call ends with the sound of Massey being tased and screaming. 

Massey’s family viewed the body camera video with the solicitor on Tuesday.

However, the Sheriff’s Office and State Law Enforcement Division said they will not release the video until the investigation is complete.

At a press conference Wednesday, local activists alongside family members questioned how deputies handled Massey’s mental illness the night he was killed.

“The even bigger issue now is mental health and how our officers are dealing with mental illness,” said Traci Fant, local activist and President of Freedom Fighters.

“Nobody never said Jermaine, whats wrong? Jermaine, do you need an ambulance? Jermaine, do you need help? Jermaine, what is it? Nobody ever said that,” said Massey’s sister, Tamika Jordan, who was allowed to view deputy body camera footage on Tuesday of the incident.

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