Emotional 911 calls released from night Lt. Will Rogers was shot

Published: Jun. 5, 2015 at 9:17 PM EDT|Updated: Jun. 5, 2015 at 10:09 PM EDT
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CHARLESTON, SC - Live 5 News received very emotional 911 calls from the people who witnessed the shooting of Berkeley County Deputy Lt. Will Rogers.

At least 6 people called dispatchers that night to tell police of what they saw and to ask for help.

"Oh, God. Oh, God," one caller said as she saw Lt. Rogers on the ground.

It was around 10:30p.m. on a Thursday night when the woman called Berkeley County Dispatchers.

"There is an officer on the ground over here," she said.

It was at a Moncks Corner gas station when she witnessed a man shoot Lt. Will Rogers.

"Is that Will Rogers?" she asked a bystander.

"I don't know," he replied.

"I think that is Officer Will Rogers... on the ground," she said in tears. "Oh my goodness."

Dispatchers tried to calm the woman down over the phone.

"Honey, I need to keep you on the phone with me. I need you to calm down. Ok?" the dispatcher said to the woman.

"I think it is Officer Will Rogers!" she exclaimed, as she was sobbing. "He is bleeding! Oh my goodness!"

While she was on the phone, dispatchers tried to get as much information as possible about the shooter's identity.

"[Was it a] white male, back male?" the dispatcher asked.

"Black male. He had a mask on his face," the witness said.

Several witnesses said the shooter fled into the woods.

"He is armed and dangerous," one man said.

Lt. Rogers was working as a night shift supervisor when police say he was shot by Jerome Caldwell.

"There is an officer down!" another woman told dispatchers. "He's got blood on the back of his head. He has been shot."

The woman read Lt. Rogers' badge number to dispatchers as he was lying on the ground.

She was one of a handful of people who comforted Lt. Rogers as he waited to be flown to MUSC.