Family of armed robbery victim shot by deputies sues

GREENVILLE, S.C. — The family of an armed robbery victim shot and killed by Greenville County deputies after opening fire on them when they kicked down his door is suing the sheriff’s office.

Attorneys filed the wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of Charles Rosemond’s estate Thursday.

The lawsuit says deputies did not identify themselves, had no reason to break in Rosemond’s apartment, used excessive force and denied him medical treatment on Dec. 10.

Sheriff Steve Loftis has said deputies were responding to a call from a neighbor about shots fired in Rosemond’s apartment, knocked several times and identified themselves as police before kicking down the door because they feared someone was hurt.

Investigators say Rosemond shot a deputy in the head before officers returned fire. The wounded deputy is still recovering.