Family seeking answers after death of man arrested one day prior

Published: Jan. 12, 2020 at 11:02 AM EST
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One family is seeking answers after a man was shot dead at a house party, one day after being arrested for disorderly conduct, during a fight involving Greenville Police.

Police say Tre'von Tyson, 21, of Greenville, was shot at a party on McGregor Downs Road. Major Kenneth Laws say the party had more than 50 people, who dispersed when about 20 gunshots rang out.

Officers performed CPR on Tyson at the scene until EMS arrived and began life-saving measures.

Tyson was later pronounced dead.

Major Kenneth Laws described the scene saying, "It was a very chaotic scene when our officers arrived."

Just one day prior to the shooting, Tyson was arrested, along with three others for resisting a public officer and disorderly conduct. As police patrolled the area on January 11, they say they stopped to check out an altercation in a vehicle, and eventually, things escalated, and a fight ensued.

Video of the brawl has now been shared thousands of times on Facebook.

Public Information Officer Kristen Hunter said, "15 to 20 people became very combative toward the officers, cursed at the officers, and then, became physical. Some of those people became physical with the officers."

Andrea Clemons' son Elijah Clemons was also arrested that night. Clemons is also the grandmother of Tre'von Tyson's child.

She said, she's still disturbed by the video and believes officers could have handled the situation differently.

Clemons said, "Let them be accountable for what they do and how they treat us."

Hunter said the family can file a complaint, but as of Monday, she's not aware of any complaints involving the arrest.

"Anytime that happens and an officer has to use physical force to effect an arrest," Hunter said, "that officer has to complete a response to resistance report. Reports are then reviewed by our internal affairs division, but also the bureau of commanders. So, in this case, our patrol bureau commander will be reviewing that report and any videos associated with it."

Greenville police said the shooting and the fight are not connected and police are still investigating the homicide.

Laws said, "We have some leads that we're following. We still need all the help that we can get."

The family said they want justice for their loved ones. Police continue seeking information and ask that anyone wanting to discuss the video or who has information about the case, contact Greenville Police.


A man shot dead at a party was one of the four arrested in a fight with Greenville police the day before.

Greenville police went to investigate a shooting at a party on McGregor Downs Road at around 1:30 a.m. Sunday.

Officers say 21-year-old Tre'von Tyson was shot and killed.

Greenville police say Tyson was arrested the night before after police say he was involved in a fight with officers. That happened on 5th Street after police approached a stopped vehicle in the middle of the street.

Tyson was charged with resisting a public officer and disorderly conduct and was able to bond out of jail on those charges.

Jacori Moye, 18, was also shot in the Sunday morning case. He was taken to Vidant Medical Center to get checked out but has already been released.

As of Monday morning, nobody has been charged in connection with the murder.

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