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Greenville Co. deputy shot in critical condition, family asks for prayers

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The injuries that a Greenville County deputy who was shot in the head are more severe than initially thought, a Greenville County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said Tuesday.

Deputy Dave Dempsey was shot around 1 a.m. Dec. 10 at an apartment in the Spring Grove complex on Boling Street Extension in Taylors while responding to a call about a possible robbery.

The man who investigators said fired the shot was killed when another deputy returned fire.

Sheriff Steve Loftis initially reported that Dempsey's wound appeared superficial.

Deputy Drew Pinciaro gave an update on Dempsey's condition Tuesday.

Pinciaro  said the round fractured Dempsey's skull and created a secondary wound when it exited. 

A GoFundMe page has been setup. Click here to help Dempsey and his family. 

Pinciaro  issued the following statement: 

(Dempsey) underwent surgery, where doctors cleaned the wound and removed half of the deputy’s skull to allow room for the brain to swell. (Dempsey) was sedated for approximately 24 hours, where he was put on a ventilator and feeding tube for four days.  Currently, (Dempsey) is in the ICU in critical, but stable condition.  The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and (Dempsey's) family are optimistic about his recovery, but there will likely be a long road of physical and occupational therapy.  Additionally, he will need another surgery to repair his skull.  We ask that you keep the deputy and his family in your thoughts and prayers.  

The Dempsey family asked the community to pray for Dave's recovery and request that people use the hashtag #PrayForDave in any prayer posts on social media. 

"Prayer is the biggest gift that you can give us now," said Jennilyn Howell, Dempsey's niece, tearfully. "There are so many people that have reached out to us that we don't know and will never know and it's so humbling to know how many people are thinking of Dave."

Howell said Dempsey's condition is slowly improving. She said her uncle has been able to open his eyes and squeeze family members' hands. Occasionally, he gives them a thumbs up. 

"We are optimistic about his recovery and thankful for how the lord has healed him so far."

Dempsey began his law enforcement career with the Greenville City Police Department in January 1985. He retired there in June 2012 after 27 years of dedicated service.

"For Dave, 27 years was not enough, after less than a month of retirement he started as a deputy with the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office on July 16, 2012. This goes to show what kind of person Dave Dempsey is at his core. He has dedicated the majority of his life to serving and protecting the citizens of Greenville County which is exactly what he was doing during the early morning hours of December 10, 2015 when he was shot in the head," Master Deputy Jonathan Smith said in a statement. 

Dempsey is assigned to the Traffic Unit and was working with the Uniform Patrol Division the night he was shot. 

The coroner identified the man killed at the apartment as Charles Rosemond Sr.

Rosemond's family believes the 55-year-old was robbed before deputies arrived and that he may have mistaken the deputies as robbers.

Deputies said the investigation is ongoing. The S.C. Law Enforcement Division is investigating the officer-involved shooting aspect.

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