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  1. AB1136

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    http://www.live5news.com/Global/story.asp?S=11857996

    CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A massive interdepartmental manhunt played out Thursday on James Island after a Charleston County deputy was shot multiple times. Road blocks have been set up and searches have been conducted on Grimball Road around Folly Road and Cuffey Lane.

    In a 4 p.m. press conference, Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon identified the injured deputy as Jeffrey Degrow, 33, a member of the sheriff's office since 2003. Cannon said Degrow was hit multiple times. One shot hit him above the eye.

    Cannon reiterated earlier hopes the deputy would recover.

    Cannon said the shooting occurred after Degrow chased several men around a trailer. Degrow pulled his taser but his assailants opened fire on the deputy.

    Degrow had been patrolling the Grimball Road area after an earlier report of burglary, said Cannon.

    Deputies detained several people for questioning, said Cannon, but no one has been arrested. In an earlier press conference, Cannon said deputies are interested in locating three men that were in a car nearby at the time of the shooting. Investigators have not determined whether the three men were involved in the shooting.

    In an impromptu interview outside MUSC, where Degrow is recovering, Cannon said the deputy was responding to hospital staff and alert.

    Nearby James Island Elementary, Clark Academy and James Island Middle School were all placed on administrative lockdown for the remainder of the day. In a release, school district spokeman Elliot Smalley said the measure was a precaution.

    Students in the schools were released at their regular times, although students that live in the neighborhoods around Grimball Road were kept on school grounds until their parents could pick them up, said Smalley in a later release.

    The State Law Enforcement Division, the FBI and the ATF have offered investigative assistance to the sheriff's office.

    Sheriff Cannon said the command post will continue to operate into tonight until there's a reason to leave the area.

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  2. Cochese

    Cochese Most mackinest CLM

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    Took one above the eye and still fighting. :patriot:
     

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  4. MeefZah

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    2010 is looking like a bad year for cops.

    Hope he recovers fully, and the bad guys fall into a sausage grinder feet first.
     
  5. GT4494

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    Update 1-22-10.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/jan/22/charleston-county-sheriffs-department-deputy-repor/

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    Sherfiff's deputy wounded: Police still seeking suspect

    'We arrested the wrong Brandon Simmons'
    By David MacDougall , Andy Paras
    The Post and Courier
    Originally published 12:00 a.m., January 22, 2010
    Updated 07:47 a.m., January 22, 2010
    A suspect in the shooting of a Charleston County Sheriff's deputy remains on the loose after police reported this morning that they had arrested the wrong man last night.
    Authorities are still seeking Brandon Jerome Simmons, 21, of 1861 N. Grimball Road in connection with the shooting of Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow Thursday morning.
    Police have returned to the Grimball Road area and are establishing a perimeter.
    "We arrested the wrong Brandon Simmons," said Maj. John Clark of the sheriff's department.
    DeGrow, 33, was in serious but stable condition after he was shot several times while chasing burglary suspects in a James Island neighborhood, Sheriff Al Cannon said.
    He was rushed to Medical University Hospital within minutes of the 10:08 a.m. shooting near the intersection of Grimball Road and Sea Water Drive.
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    Brandon Jerome Simmons remains wanted by authorities.

    Two other people were arrested earlier in the day, but their identities were withheld.
    Cannon was on his way to the shooting when he learned the ambulance transporting DeGrow needed a police escort, he said. Cannon provided the escort and went into the emergency room, he said.
    DeGrow was alert and conscious upon his arrival at the hospital, Cannon said.
    A hospital spokeswoman said later Thursday she could not release any information about DeGrow. Cannon had earlier described his condition as serious but stable.
    Investigators were not sure how many times DeGrow had been shot, Cannon said. One shot struck near his right eye. DeGrow was taken to the Storm Eye Institute for surgery, Cannon said. There was some damage to the eye, but doctors were uncertain if the damage would have a long-term effect on DeGrow's vision, Cannon said after the surgery had been performed.
    Another shot struck him in the forearm, near his elbow, Cannon said.
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    Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow

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    Charleston County Sheriff's deputy Jeffrey DeGrow was shot multiple times Thursday morning while patrolling a James Island neighborhood.

    "He's got some serious injuries, but we feel like he's going to recover," the sheriff said.
    According to Cannon, the events leading up to the shooting unfolded like this:
    --Shortly after 9 a.m., DeGrow was dispatched to 1749 S. Grimball Road to take a report of a burglary.
    --DeGrow arrived at the house at 9:23 a.m. and took the report.
    --A short time later, while patrolling near Grimball Road and Cuffy Lane, DeGrow spotted three suspects and got out of his cruiser to chase them.
    --At some point in the chase, DeGrow drew his Taser.
    --As the suspects ran behind a mobile home, one or more of them opened fire on DeGrow.
    --At 10:08 a.m. DeGrow used his two-way radio to report that he'd been shot.
    Within seconds of that call, dozens of law enforcement vehicles were screaming down Folly Road with their blue lights and sirens on.
    Authorities immediately shut down Grimball Road and set up a command post in a field behind James Island Elementary School.
    The search for the suspects was hampered at times by heavy rain and high winds. Early in the search, a helicopter was flying over the neighborhood, but it was grounded after the wind and rain increased. Deputies and officers in marked and unmarked cars stationed themselves on Riverland Drive, Grimball Road, South Grimball Road and Folly Road.
    Tracking dogs from several agencies were used throughout the day, Cannon said. Many tips on the whereabouts of possible suspects were called in by residents of the neighborhood, Cannon said. Deputies had two people in custody by mid-afternoon. About 5:15 p.m. SWAT teams began executing a number of search warrants in the area. The warrants were obtained based on information provided by residents, said sheriff's Maj. John Clark, public information officer.
    Two schools in the area, James Island Elementary and Septima P. Clark Corporate Academy, were placed under administrative lockdown, according to Charleston County School District spokesman Elliot Smalley. Both schools dismissed classes at normal times. Students who were going to be picked up or take the bus followed a normal dismissal and transportation routine, but students who reside on Grimball Road or walk the road were held at school until their parents could pick them up.
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    The investigation into the shooting is being handled by the State Law Enforcement Division, Cannon said.
    That DeGrow had drawn his Taser indicates he was probably thinking the suspects were not armed, Cannon said. The Taser was on the ground near the scene of the shooting, Cannon said. "He never used it."
    About 5:30 p.m., the command post was moved to the sheriff's James Island substation on Riverland Drive.
    Officers from the Charleston and North Charleston police departments, the Folly Beach Public Safety Department, the FBI, the U.S, Marshals Service, the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office and SLED participated in the search, Cannon said. The Charleston County Rescue Squad, Charleston County EMS and the James Island Fire Department also responded.

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  6. Deployment Solu

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    Looks like the lines have been drawn......deeper than ever before. Be Safe...watch yours and each other's back!!!
     
  7. lawman800

    lawman800 Juris Glocktor

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    It just keeps getting better, don't it?
    Hope the scum falls into a vat of boiling acid... speedy recovery to the deputy. Be careful out there, guys!
     
  8. Jester249

    Jester249 W.W.P.D.?

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    Shooting suspect is in custody.......
     
  9. FM12

    FM12 I need AMMO!

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    Glad it looks good for him Dont have your hand full of Taser if you need it full of handgun!
     
  10. Jester249

    Jester249 W.W.P.D.?

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    Well that sure does make sense....with what we know AFTER the fact.
     
  11. Jester249

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    My buddy called me to say the deputy went home today!! Less than hours after getting shot in the face this guy goes home.
     
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    Godspeed to the deputy. I hope they catch all involved.
     
  13. GT4494

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    1-24-2010 Update.

    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/jan/24/3-suspects-appear-in-bond-court/


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    3 suspects appear in bond court

    Brandon Simmons ordered to be held without bail
    By Tony Bartelme
    The Post and Courier
    Sunday, January 24, 2010
    Charleston County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow, father of two, was in a hospital room Saturday morning at the Medical University of South Carolina, surrounded by family and well wishers, recuperating from gunshots to his eye and arm.
    "He's lucky to be alive, by the grace of God" DeGrow's lawyer, Craig Jones, said, adding that DeGrow was talking and beginning to see colors again.
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    Charleston County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow remains in the hospital after being shot while on duty Thursday.

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    Charleston County Sheriff's Deputies surrounded a James Island neighborhood Friday morning in search of 21-year-old Brandon Simmons, who is accused of shooting Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow Thursday morning. Deputies say they found Simmons hiding in a rusted Mercedes on Riverland Drive.

    Jones said DeGrow was still under heavy medication, so his version of exactly what happened Thursday morning on James Island might not come to light for some time. But one thing was clear, Jones said: "It was a crazy scene."
    Also Saturday morning, in a small courtroom off Leeds Avenue, three young men charged in connection with DeGrow's shooting were brought before County Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin.
    First to appear was Brandon J. Simmons, 21, who was found hiding in a car on James Island on Friday.
    Simmons has been charged with assault and battery with intent to kill. DeGrow was investigating a burglary report near Cuffy and Seawater lanes when he confronted three men, according to an affidavit with Simmons' arrest warrant. The affidavit states that the three fled, and it charges Simmons with shooting DeGrow "multiple times in the head and body."
    Simmons, wearing a blue and white polo shirt, told the judge that he had lived at 1861 Grimball Road since 1997. He said that he wasn't employed and that he was on "intensive" parole.
    According to a State Law Enforcement Division records check, he was convicted in December 2008 of resisting arrest and six counts of second-degree burglary and sentenced to six years in prison. Baldwin ordered that Simmons be held without bail, and Simmons said nothing as he was taken away.
    Simmons' brother, Theodore Akeem Simmons, 20, was charged with misprision of a felony. His arrest warrant states that he concealed "facts related to the identity of the suspect (Brandon Simmons)." Baldwin set his bail at $500,000.
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    Photo by Brad Nettles
    The Post and Courier
    Family members of suspect Curtis Williams listen Saturday as attorney Craig Jones and SLED Special Agent Charles Ghent (far right) speak to Magistrate Priscilla Baldwin in bond court.

    "Five-hundred thousand?" Simmons cried out in surprise.
    No family members were present in the courtroom to support the Simmons brothers, but six people showed up to support the third suspect, Curtis Tyrone Williams.
    Williams, 20, also was charged with misprision of a felony. During the hearing, he told Baldwin that he was a kitchen cook at KFC, and that he was training to work the register. Baldwin set his bail at $200,000.
    After the hearing, Williams' parents said they were searching for answers. "Never in my dreams did I think something like this would happen," said his mother, Valorie Walker.
    She said her son was the youngest of three children, "a miracle baby" who weighed about a pound when he was born premature in 1989. She said she took him home that year in a size 11 shoebox. "He was the baby in the family," she said. "And we tried as hard as we could to give him the best opportunities we could."
    She said her oldest child, Cedric Williams, is an offensive line coach at Tennessee State University and a former University of South Carolina football star. Walker said that she and her husband, Terry Walker, sent Curtis to a private military school in Columbia. They said he graduated with honors.
    "He was training to be a manager (at KFC)," Terry said. "We don't know what happened. We're here because we're trying to get some answers." Meanwhile, DeGrow's attorney said that his client has been overwhelmed by well-wishers. "He said, 'I don't know how we could do that without the support of the community.' "
    The Sheriff's Office has set up a "Deputy DeGrow Relief Fund" account at Carolina Federal Savings Bank after people asked how they could help with the deputy's recovery.
    Reach Tony Bartelme at 937-5554 or tbartelme@postandcourier.com.

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  14. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Prayers for a speedy and full recovery.
     
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    Sounds like he has a very good support team. Wonder if he will ever be able to see out of the eye..




    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/jan/26/deputys-daughter-knows-dads-a-hero/
    Deputy's daughter knows dad's 'a hero'

    DeGrow calm, collected on radio tape despite wounds
    By Tony Bartelme
    The Post and Courier
    Tuesday, January 26, 2010
    As well-wishers from police departments across the region filled her father's hospital room Friday afternoon, Sydney DeGrow, 9, slipped quietly across the hall and sat down with a magenta sparkle pen and a notebook.
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    Charleston County Sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow was back home from the hospital Monday.

    The day before, a burglary suspect had shot her dad, Charleston County Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow, in the head and arm. One bullet went through part of his eye and was still lodged in his skull.
    Sydney has blond hair and freckles on her nose. She loves to write, and in a corner of a waiting room, she sat at a table and let the words tumble out.
    "Have you ever heard of a hero? Like Superman or batman? Well my dad is a hero! Let me tell you what happened," she wrote.
    Her story would be a simple one.
    "The first reason why he is a hero," she scribbled, "is because he got shot five times and he is so brave that he did not give up because I know he loves us so much. He is so brave! And I'm also happy that God was looking over him and because God is also a hero! I am just so happy that he is still alive so I can spend time with him. I will never forget him! I will always be by his side! Nothing will get in between me and my dad."
    As she wrote, Sydney's grandfather, Dave DeGrow, stood nearby.
    Dave is from Michigan. His son grew up there, too, but didn't like the cold. "He said, 'If I'm going to be a cop, I don't want to investigate traffic accidents in 20-below wind chill factor."
    About a decade ago, his son began looking for law enforcement work in Charleston, eventually landing a job with the Mount Pleasant Police Department and then taking a job with the Charleston County Sheriff's Office two years later. In addition to a daughter, DeGrow also has a 14-year-old son.
    Anyone with family in law enforcement worries about getting "the call," and Dave's phone rang 11:15 a.m. Thursday with the news about his son.
    Read a letter from Deputy DeGrow's daughter

    Letter from Deputy DeGrow's daughter

    "You always think it will happen to someone else," he said. Then the phone rings and your knees turn to rubber. He caught the first plane he could to Charleston.
    It wasn't until Friday, after doctors reconstructed DeGrow's eye and treated other wounds, that Dave heard from his son about what happened the day before.
    DeGrow said he was responding to a burglary report off Grimball Road on James Island when he spotted three men. They ran away, and he chased one around a trailer. He pulled out his Taser, but a bullet hit him in the eye. He fell to the ground, and one of the suspects emptied his gun at point-blank range. "It's a miracle he's alive," Dave said.
    He said his son somehow got on his radio and told a dispatcher that he'd been shot, and that he'd try to get somewhere so they could find him more quickly.
    "Everybody talks about how calm and collected he was, and when they found him, he was standing by his cruiser," he said.
    Dave said his son grew depressed a day after the shooting. "There was a little bit of woulda, coulda, shoulda, and he was worried about whether he would still be able to be in law enforcement, which he loves." But then the hospital room at Medical University Hospital began to fill with colleagues on the SWAT Team and from other departments. Jeffrey's pastor visited him. Sheriff Al Cannon reassured him that he'd always have a job in his department. Then his father walked in and read Sydney's letter.
    "I am just so happy that he is alive!" she ended the letter. "I love my dad so much and I also love God. He is the best. As you can see I am so happy for my dad and I am thankful for God looking over him!" When Dave finished, Sydney gave her father a hug, and he held her tight.
    Brandon Simmons, 21, was being held without bail on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill in the shooting. His brother, Theodore Simmons, 20, and a cousin, Curtis Williams, 20, are charged with misprision of a felony. Meanwhile, Jeffrey was back home from the hospital Monday, and his father said he's doing well, though doctors plan to leave the bullet in his brain until the swelling goes down. Dave said his son went to church Sunday and sent word to the person who shot him that he had forgiven him.


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    Charleston County Sheriff's Office radio dispatch tape from Jan. 21, 2010, shooting of Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow

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    A tape released Monday by the Charleston County Sheriff's Office describes how Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow radioed for help after he was shot in the head and arm Thursday on James Island.
    The tape begins with DeGrow notifying dispatchers, "County, I've got three running, I don't know if it's involved in the burglaries or not."
    A moment later, DeGrow radios: "I'm hit and down. I need EMS (Emergency Medical Services) ASAP." A dispatcher then radios for backup. "Shots fired," she says. DeGrow, breathing hard, radios his location ("I'm next to a white trailer") and gives a description of the shooter: "Black male suspect, black jacket, black jeans, low cut with a goatee. I'm trying to make my way out to the road now. I need EMS ASAP."
    The tape ends with DeGrow saying, "I got a head wound and an arm wound. I know that for sure. I can't see out of my right eye."

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  17. GT4494

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    Saw the interview with the Officer on TV last night. He was in civvies and looked good with the exception of his right eye. Time will tell if he will ever see out of it again.It was definitely emotional for him


    http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2010/jan/29/truly-a-miracle/





    Deputy makes first public statement

    Jeffrey DeGrow says surviving shooting was 'truly a miracle'
    By David MacDougall
    The Post and Courier
    Friday, January 29, 2010
    Clearing a lump in his throat, Charleston County sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow made his first public statement Thursday, one week after he was shot in the line of duty while chasing suspected burglars on James Island.
    "One week ago from today, my life was changed forever, after being shot six times," he said. "It's truly a miracle, and God's grace, that I am still here today."
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    Charleston County sheriff's Deputy Jeffrey DeGrow made his first public statement Thursday, a week after he was shot in the line of duty while chasing suspected burglars on James Island.

    Though he's not sure if he'll ever regain full vision in his right eye, DeGrow said most of his wounds will heal over time.
    "My spirits are high and I am surrounded by my family and friends," he said. "I wanted to come here today to publicly thank everyone for their overwhelming support and prayers."
    DeGrow, 33, went on to thank the men and women from the many police and rescue agencies that responded to the shooting and helped chase down the alleged perpetrators. He also thanked the staff at Medical University Hospital, the Coastal Crisis Chaplaincy, Old Fort Baptist Church and Crossroads Community Church. He made a special point of thanking those who contributed to the Deputy DeGrow Relief Fund set up at Carolina Federal Savings Bank.
    DeGrow had answered a routine burglary call Jan. 21 off Grimball Road and was patrolling the neighborhood for suspects when he spotted a group of men. Three of them ran when they saw him. DeGrow got out of his cruiser and started a foot chase.
    During the chase, DeGrow pulled out his Taser, but one of the men was armed with a gun and opened fire on DeGrow, who was rushed to the trauma center at Medical University Hospital as his colleagues launched a search for whoever had shot one of their own.
    After an intensive manhunt, three suspects were arrested. Brandon Simmons, 21, was being held without bail on a charge of assault and battery with intent to kill in the shooting. His brother, Theodore Simmons, 20, and a cousin, Curtis Williams, 20, are charged with misprision of a felony.
    Investigators have not found the handgun used in the shooting. Sheriff Al Cannon said they still don't know what kind of gun was used to shoot DeGrow. "From the wounds, we feel like it was small-caliber," Cannon said. "From a number of perspectives, we feel like it was a revolver."
    Cannon said there were fragments removed from DeGrow's injuries and fragments that remain inside him. None of the fragments available to investigators are of sufficient weight or shape to be of value in helping to determine the type of round that was used, he said
    Cannon and DeGrow expressed gratitude to Grimball Road area residents who phoned in tips.
    DeGrow was released from the hospital Monday. Doctors plan to leave one of the bullet fragments in his brain until the swelling goes down. As he was ushered into the news conference Thursday, DeGrow pulled out a handkerchief and wiped his blood-stained right eye. He read from a prepared statement, and the media had been forewarned that he would not be taking questions.
    "I have a long road ahead of me," DeGrow said, his voice trembling. "But the Lord gives me strength, and above all, to never give up."
    Reach <strong>David W. MacDougall </strong>at <a href="mailto:macdougd@postandcourier.com">macdougd@postandcourier.com</a><em> </em>or<em> </em>937-5655.

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  18. Chucktown Mako

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    I am very relieved he is going to make a great recovery. Our local law enforcement does an excellent job here in the Lowcountry. We couldn't ask for any better. Prayers are with you Deputy DeGrow!
    I hope next time he pulls his Glock instead of a Taser...