South Carolina state police are now investigating after a Greenville County deputy was shot in the head and a suspect killed at a Taylors apartment complex early Thursday morning.
Greenville County Sheriff Steve Loftis said deputies were responding to calls of a possible robbery at the Spring Grove Apartments around 1 a.m. Loftis said the caller also reported possible shots fired.
Three deputies knocked on the door, but no one answered. After noticing the apartment appeared to be ransacked, and believing the owner may be hurt, the deputies forced entry. A man inside fired at the them, striking one deputy in the head. Loftis said the other deputies returned fire, fatally injuring the suspect.
The sheriff said the injured deputy is expected to recover after surgery. He did not identify the officer, other than saying it was experienced uniform patrol deputy who has been on the force for several years. The county coroner identified the deceased man as 55-year-old Charles Rosemond, Sr. Investigators said Rosemond was alone in the apartment and they are trying to determine if he lived there or was intruding.
State Law Enforcement Division officials are now investigating the shooting. Both deputies are on administrative leave until the investigation is complete, which is normal procedure in officer-involved shootings.
The shooting is the 47th officer-involved shooting in South Carolina this year, which is the highest ever recorded since the state began tracking the number in 2000.