We reported on this tragic story right when it came out on Thursday and I fully expected to see more on it in the national news but noooo….it’s been crickets. I cannot believe this hasn’t hit the main stream media! A man ambushed a cop in a clear case of attempted murder. There’s been a manhunt for this guy since this happened and he’s considered armed and dangerous.
Investigators have released new details about a person of interest who is wanted for the shooting of Berkeley County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Will Rogers.
Witnesses describe the man to be a black male in his 20’s, 5’10” to 5’11” tall, and could weigh between 150 to 170 pounds. He’s also described as having a reddish tint in his hair towards the forehead area.
Lieutenant Will Rogers was airlifted to MUSC, and has been taken off of the ventilator. Officials say he is talking and is recognizing family members. Officials say doctors have been cautiously optimistic, and that Lt. Rogers is still considered to be in critical, yet stable condition.
Authorities wrapped up a nearly 16-hour search on Friday at the Moncks Corner gas station, where the shooting happened.
Berkeley Co. Chief Deputy Rick Ollic said there is no indication the gunman is still in the large search area that included Cypress Gardens, which had to be closed because of the search.
“It’s a large area that involved the actual gardens, Cypress Gardens. It goes all the way up to DuPont, all the way up to bushy park road to where the SCE&G plant is,” Berkeley County Interim Sheriff Butch Henerey said.
Henerey said late Friday they do not plan to move to a new location, but will instead wait for new developments before making their next move.
Moncks Corner Police Chief Chad Caldwell, whose agency was assisting deputies, had said the heat would take its toll, adding, “If he’s out there, we’ll find him.”
Authorities released surveillance video Friday afternoon that showed the suspected gunman carrying a maroon-colored sack moments after the shooting. Authorities believe the sack is made of silk and they want to know why it seems to be so important to the suspect.
“It seems to have meant something special to him,” Henerey said. “He didn’t leave it after he shot the deputy. He didn’t leave it after he wrecked the car. We don’t know, but it’s an unusual piece of equipment for a male to be walking around with.”
The county has a 24-hour information line set up to take calls from anyone who might know something about the shooting or might have seen the gunman. That number is (843) 719-4424.
Henerey said Rogers pulled into an Exxon gas station at Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road around 10:30 p.m. and as he was talking to a customer in the parking lot, the masked suspect came around a corner and shot Rogers from behind.
Following the shooting, investigators say the suspect carjacked a black Hyundai Santa Fe and took off. Officers found the vehicle around 12:25 a.m., wrecked in a ditch in the area of Cypress Gardens Road, but no word on the driver.
The suspect is considered armed and dangerous. Authorities describe him as being between 5’10” and 6’4″ tall, weighing to 225 pounds, wearing a mask, white long sleeved shirt, and gray sweat pants with a white stripe.
Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office set up a command post at the gas station just after midnight. A new command post was established Friday morning off Cypress Garden Road at Spring Grove, where the stolen vehicle was located.
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