BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County Sheriff's Office released good news Wednesday regarding the recovery efforts of Lt. Will Rogers, who was attacked from behind and shot by a masked man in Moncks Corner nearly two weeks ago.
Rogers' condition is improving and continues to recognize family, friends and co-workers, according to an update released by the Sheriff's Office Wednesday morning.
Officials say he remains in stable condition, and is now walking with assistance and eating a modified diet of soft foods.
"Lt. Rogers' family thanks the public for so many prayers and well wishes," a statement on the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office's Facebook page reads. "While Lt. Rogers continues to improve, the family knows that there is still a long road ahead and asks for the public's continued prayers."
Rogers, a night shift supervisor who has been in law enforcement for more than 25 years, was shot at a gas station on Highway 52 at Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner on May 14 around 10:30 p.m. Investigators say as Rogers was talking to a customer in the parking lot, a masked gunman came around a corner and shot Rogers from behind.
Rogers was airlifted to MUSC where he underwent emergency surgery. Following the surgery, he was listed in critical but stable condition and moved to the ICU.
Investigators identified the masked gunman as 32-year-old Jerome Thomas Caldwell.
Authorities say a tip and DNA match allowed them to locate Caldwell on May 22 at Robert Mills Manor in downtown Charleston. Caldwell was fatally shot after reportedly opening fire on officers, ending a 10 hour standoff.