UPDATE: Springfield Shooting Victim Dies

UPDATE: Springfield Shooting Victim Dies

UPDATE: Springfield Shooting Victim Dies


ROBERTSON COUNTY TENNESSEE: (Smokey Barn News) – Two women (a mother and daughter) were shot and a suspect arrested following a shooting in Springfield early Friday. Now one of the victims has died, according to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office Saturday.

The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office is actively investigating the shooting.

“The Robertson County Sheriff’s Office regrets to inform that 46-year-old Melanie Dempsey, one of the victims from the Friday morning shooting, has passed away. Investigators are working with the District Attorney’s Office on upgrading charges for Robert D. Mitchell.”


Following the death of 46-year-old Melanie Dempsey of Springfield last week, the suspect, Robert D. Mitchell, will now face murder charges.

“In coordination with the District Attorneys Office, the charges for Robert D. Mitchell have been upgraded to Criminal Homicide and Aggravated Assault,” the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday.

Mitchell is now facing First Degree Murder in Dempsey’s death, two counts of Attempted Murder, and one count of Aggravated Assalt. His bond has been set at $250,000.



The shooting occurred at a residence off Boyd Holland Rd around 1 am Friday morning. MAP

According to the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office Friday, the victims were a mother (Melanie Dempsey) and her 15-year-old daughter who was last listed in stable condition with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies initially responded to a call of a gunshot wound at the residence on Boyd Holland Rd. Upon arrival, Deputies found Melanie Dempsey with a gunshot wound to the head and her 15-year-old daughter with a gunshot wound to the wrist.

The shooting suspect, 38-year-old Robert D. Mitchell of Springfield was still at the residence and surrendered to the Deputies without incident.

Now with the passing of Melanie, charges for Mitchell will likely change.

According to the Sheriff’s Office,  a preliminary investigation indicates the suspect and both victims lived together, and the shooting occurred after an initial domestic altercation.

Robert Mitchell is currently being held at the Robertson County Detention Facility. Mitchell has been charged with Criminal Attempt – 1 st Degree Murder and Aggravated Assault. A bond amount has not been listed.

Robertson County EMS, North Robertson County Fire & Rescue, the Robertson County Sheriff’s Office, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol all responded to the scene.

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