Greenville County officials say a Taylors man who was killed last week after he fired on deputies rushing into his apartment, critically injuring one, had been a victim of an armed robbery that night.
The Sheriff’s Office revealed more information Thursday about the Dec. 10 morning incident at a Taylors apartment complex that left 55-year-old Charles Rosemond, Sr., dead and Deputy Dave Dempsey in critical condition. The additional information came as deputies announced the arrest of 27-year-old Aundra Hunter, Jr., for armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges.
Investigators say they believe Hunter had robbed Rosemond and a second victim in the apartment that night, even firing a shot at one point. A neighbor called police to report the gunshot around 1 a.m., deputies said. Hunter fled before the responding deputies arrived.
Sheriff Steve Loftis has said the three 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 deputies worried about potential victims and broke through the door, Loftis said.
Rosemond fired at the deputies as they entered, with one shot striking Dempsey in the head. Loftis said the two other deputies returned fire, striking Rosemond. The Greenville County Coroner’s Office said Rosemond died from a gunshot wound to his leg.
The State Law Enforcement Division is investigating the incident. The two uninjured deputies, whose names have not been made public, remain on administrative leave until the investigation is complete.
Loftis had initially said Dempsey was expected to recover, but authorities have since said his injuries were worse than previously thought. His situation was downgraded to critical condition earlier this week, with the sheriff’s office saying surgeons had to remove part of Dempsey’s skull as his brain began to swell.
Deputies said they believe Hunter had help in the robbery, although they do not know any other names at this time. Anyone with potential new information is urged to call CrimeStoppers at 864-23-CRIME.