An Aiken motel robbery went awry Friday night when one of four suspects shot himself in the leg and they later flagged down a deputy to seek medical attention, officials said.
An Aiken County Sheriff’s deputy responding to a robbery at the Quality Inn on East Frontage Road was stopped by four people on Edgefield Highway near I-20 shortly after 10:30 p.m., with one of the group having an apparent gunshot wound, according to Aiken County Sheriff’s spokesman Eric Abdullah.
Meanwhile, other investigators arrived at the Quality Inn, where they gathered information on the suspects and vehicle that matched the group that had flagged down the deputy on the highway.
Investigators say David P. Dempsey, 27, of Williston had entered the motel lobby armed with a handgun and demanded money from the clerk. Before fleeing, Dempsey dropped an item and his weapon discharged, striking him in the leg, Abdullah said.
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Dempsey then got into a red Ford Focus with three other suspects and fled the scene, Abdullah said. He was later taken to an area hospital for treatment.
Dempsey is charged with armed robbery, possession of a weapon during a violent crime and possession of a controlled substance.
Also charged with armed robbery are Autum Cooper, 19, of Augusta, Ga.; Breanna Dudley, 21, of Evans, Ga.; and Bradley Parrish, 25, of Martinez, Ga.