CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A Goose Creek police officer shot in the line of duty is in stable condition Friday.
Family attorney David Aylor released a statement from the family of officer Robert Edwards Jr. that said that while the family hopes and prays for a full recovery, "they realize their husband and father has a long road ahead of him."
Edwards was shot multiple times in his upper torso Monday night while responding to a domestic disturbance call on Iris Street in Goose Creek.
Aylor said that buckshot, small lead shot for shotgun shells, collapsed Edwards' lung and hit him in the face and hand.
According to Goose Creek police, as officers arrived, the suspect, 33-year-old Codrick Bass, exited the residence and began firing a weapon at Edwards. When other officers arrived on scene they began returning fire.
The suspect was also shot. Both Edwards and the suspect are being treated at MUSC. An update on the suspect's condition has not been released.
"Our family is asking everyone to concentrate solely on my husband's actions as a police officer serving his community and the recovery process he's going through due to the cowardly actions of Mr. Bass," said Robert Edwards' wife, Gretchen Edwards in a statement.
The family has been truly humbled by the out pouring of support and concern that has come from so many in the Lowcountry. They ask everyone for their continued thoughts and prayers during this difficult time and look forward to getting Officer Edwards back home.
Aylor also said that Edwards' family is optimistic about his recovery.
Goose Creek police will continue to provide updates on Edwards' condition on the police department's Facebook page.