A Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office deputy was fired after posting a Snapchat photo that showed a man lying in a hospital bed.
According to information provided by the GCSO, former deputy Joseph Harris was fired Aug. 26 after he posted the photo days before.
The GCSO incident reports stated that, on Aug. 21, the man was originally taken to the hospital for evaluation after displaying “possible mental health and or substance usage behavior.”
The report said the deputies were dispatched to Low Country Vision Care on Willbrook Boulevard where the man was acting suspiciously. The report went on to say that the male walked past the BI-LO grocery store next door and then went across Ocean Highway and into the woods.
That report later says deputies tracked the man down and brought him to the hospital, where Harris is accused of taking the photo.
The GCSO released a statement in regards to the incident and firing of Harris.
“The Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office is taking this matter very seriously,” Assistant Sheriff Carter Weaver said. “It was an insensitive and unprofessional act by a single deputy and in no way reflects the standards and culture of GCSO. We have apologized to the family.”
According to the GSCO, Harris was unavailable once the Snapchat photo was found due to his traveling out of state for personal reasons. He returned, and Weaver met with him regarding the matter at 3:00 p.m. on Aug. 26. Deputy Harris’ employment was immediately terminated at that meeting.
“We apologize for the discomfort that this incident has caused the patient and the family,” Assistant Sheriff Weaver said. “We also apologize to the men and women of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office for having an unwarranted stain placed upon them by the selfish act of one.”
Harris is a former Coastal Carolina University basketball player, who played from 2005-2010, and was enshrined in the school’s athletics hall of fame in 2015.