Berkeley deputy continuing to improve after May shooting

Berkeley deputy continuing to improve after May shooting

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County deputy who was shot at a Moncks Corner gas station in May continues to improve at the hospital, according to Berkeley County authorities.

Lt. Will Rogers is still in the hospital but is again able to walk, talk and recognize family and friends, Berkeley County Sheriff's spokesman Michael Mulè said in a statement. The Rogers family thanks the public for their support at an upcoming fundraiser.

The Goose Creek Summer Bash, scheduled for Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Creekside Center in Goose Creek, will feature family-friendly activities including a Berkeley County K9 Unit demonstration, vendors, food and a silent auction, with donations and vendor fees going to the Rogers family.

The Creekside Center is located at 205 North Goose Creek Blvd.

Rogers, a night shift supervisor with more than 25 years of law enforcement experience, was shot at around 10:30 p.m. on May 14.

Investigators say as Rogers was talking to a customer in the parking lot of a gas station on Old Highway 52 at Cypress Gardens Road, 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.