Suspect denied bond in deputy shooting

By Matt Horton bio | email

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - The man accused of shooting a Charleston County sheriff's deputy was denied bond Saturday morning.

According to police reports, Brandon Simmons was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill.  The charge came after Simmons allegedly shot deputy Jeffrey DeGrow five times during a foot chase on Grimball Road on James Island Thursday morning.

Two shots hit DeGrow in his face.

As of Saturday afternoon, DeGrow was recovering at the Medical University Hospital in downtown Charleston.

"Clearly there's the significant threat to others," said DeGrow's attorney, Craig Jones.  "[The threat] goes beyond this incident."

Two other men were arrested in connection to the case.  Curtis Williams and Theodore Simmons are charged with withholding information related to a felony charge.  Williams received a bond of $200,000, Theodore Simmons, $500,000 bond.

"Would have loved to have had no bond, but there is a substantial bond," said Jones. "We don't know, there may be other charges that follow up."

All three men have criminal backgrounds.  Each stated in court they were reporting to a parole officer for recent offenses, as frequent as every week.

Brandon Simmons' arrest record showed December 2008 convictions for resisting arrest, as well as six counts of burglary in the second degree. The charges earned Simmons a six-year prison sentence, but he was released after serving only a year.

Jones was hopeful the background of Simmons, as well as the two other men, will lead to stricter punishments without opportunity for parole.

"There is a concern that [Brandon Simmons] has a prior interaction with court systems and hasn't done what he needed to, " said Jones.  "He's a continual threat."

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