BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - Authorities with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division say DNA found in a mask linked Jerome Caldwell to the shooting of Berkeley County Sheriff's Lt. Will Rogers.
Thom Berry with SLED says DNA Caldwell provided to agents earlier this week matched DNA taken from a mask which was worn by the suspect who shot Rogers.
Investigators say the mask was found in an abandoned Hyundai Santa Fe that had crashed in a ditch in the area of Cypress Gardens Road and Bushy Park Road on the night of May 14 following the shooting at the Kangaroo gas station on 2800 US Highway 52.
Court records state the suspect fired three shots at Rogers, striking him in the head and the shoulder.
Authorities said the suspect then forced the driver of a Hyundai Santa Fe out of the vehicle at gunpoint and took off on Cypress Gardens Road.
On May 16, investigators with the Berkeley County Sheriff's Office say they located Caldwell in the area of 2009 Old Highway 52 at 8:16 a.m. after he attempted to flag down motorists.
An affidavit released on Friday states Caldwell told deputies that he "stayed in the woods the night of May 15," and said he lived on Venning Road in Mount Pleasant.
On Tuesday, two SLED agents made contact with Caldwell at his home in Mount Pleasant and obtained a consent to search a DNA sample.
Authorities say Caldwell voluntarily gave a DNA sample to agents.
On Wednesday, authorities say the DNA found in the mask matched Caldwell's DNA.
Earlier this week, hospital officials said Rogers was in critical, but stable condition.