Berkeley Co. deputy shot in head, back home after surgery to reattach skull

MONCKS CORNER, SC (WCSC) - The Berkeley County deputy shot in the head earlier this year, is back at home with his family.

Since May, Lt. Will Rogers has been recovering from the shooting and recently underwent surgery to repair his skull.

Jamie Wyatt got the call her father had been shot, just after 11 p.m. on the night of May 14.

Her father was on duty at a gas station on Old Hwy 52 in Moncks Corner, when a masked gunman walked up from behind, shooting him in the head.

Wyatt wasn't sure he'd survive it.

"I thought he would die," she said.

"You don't hear of many people getting shot in the head and live."

Three months later, not only is the father of four alive, doctors released him from their care after a surgical procedure to reattach his skull.

Wyatt, who said the bullet struck Rogers just above his right ear, described a process which involved preserving a portion of his skull in his stomach until it could be reattached safely.

"I think he's happy that he's going to get back to as close as he can to normal."

She says her father still suffers from memory loss, confusion, and limited movement on the left side of his body.  In the coming months, he will continue with multiple rehabilitation treatments.

In the meantime, support from the community has continued to pour in.

Thursday, a group will host a benefit barbeque in his honor, at Ocean Cowboys on College Park Road in Ladson.  Plates are $10 each, with the fundraiser running from 5-9 p.m.

Wyatt says, if her father's feeling well, he may just drop in to get a plate.

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