An Upstate solicitor says no charges of wrongdoing will be filed against Greenville County deputies who shot and killed a Taylors man while responding to reports of a robbery in the man’s apartment.
13th Solicitor Walt Wilkins told WSPA-TV that there was no evidence “beyond any reasonable doubt” that the officers had violated the law when they shot 56-year-old Charles Rosemond, Sr., in December 2015. The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office said Rosemond had shot and gravely injured Deputy Dave Dempsey as Dempsey and others broke through the door into his apartment.
Rosemond’s neice told WSPA she met with the solicitor Wednesday morning and asked that he review the case again. She said the family has also requested an investigation by the US Justice Department. The family has already filed a lawsuit against the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff Steve Loftis said at the time that deputies had responded to calls from Rosemond’s neighbor about a gunshot coming from the Spring Grove apartment. Loftis said the three responding deputies knocked on the door and identified themselves as officers, but did not get a response. After noticing the apartment interior appeared to be ransacked, the sheriff said the deputies worried about potential victims and broke through the door.
Rosemond fired at them as they entered, with one shot striking Dempsey in the head. Loftis said the two other deputies returned fire and shot Rosemond. The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said Rosemond died from blood loss due to a gunshot wound to his leg.
Three men were later arrested for the robbery investigators believe led to the original call. 18-year-old Deandre Norris, 22-year-old Tivarius Henderson and 27-year-old Aundra Hunter, Jr. are charged with kidnapping, robbery, burglary, conspiracy, firing a weapon into a dwelling and possession of a weapon during a violent crime in connection to the robbery.