July 31, 2005
Dillon County deputy shoots man throwing baseballs
DILLON, S.C. - A Dillon County deputy shot a man twice in the legs after he would not stop throwing baseballs at cars and people, Sheriff Harold Grice says.
A man wearing a baseball uniform was throwing baseballs outside the Dillon Video Store on state Highway 34 around 8 a.m. Saturday, Grice said.
Cpl. Charles Hester confronted the man, who threw baseballs and a bat at him, the sheriff said.
Hester fired four shots and two hit Thomas Gaeta, 46, of New Jersey in the legs, said Chief Deputy Douglas Pernell. "When you throw a baseball bat a someone, it's a deadly weapon," Pernell said.
Gaeta was taken to the hospital and released the same day to the county jail, where he was charged with possession of a deadly weapon, assaulting a police officer, and malicious damage to property, Grice said.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the shooting. Hester has been put on administrative leave.
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