Wounded Berkeley County deputy continues to improve, walking with assistance

The Berkeley County Sheriff’s deputy who was shot and critically wounded outside a Moncks Corner gas station earlier this month continues to improve and is walking with assistance.

The Sheriff’s Office posted an update on its Facebook page Wednesday morning.

“Update on Lieutenant Will Rogers:

“Lt. Rogers is in stable condition and continues to recognize family, friends and co-workers. Lt. Rogers is now walking with assistance and eating a modified diet of soft foods.

“Lt. Rogers’ family thanks the public for so many prayers and well wishes. While Lt. Rogers continues to improve, the family knows that there is still a long road ahead and asks for the public’s continued prayers.”

Sheriff’s office spokesman Michael Mule confirmed that he posted the update.

Rogers, 54, was shot three times from behind in the head and shoulder around 10:30 p.m. May 14 outside the Exxon station on U.S. Highway 52 and Cypress Gardens Road while he was talking with a customer.

The man investigators believe shot Rogers, Jerome Thomas Caldwell, 32, of Mount Pleasant, was shot to death shortly before 2 p.m. May 21 after a 10-hour standoff at Robert Mills Manor, a public-housing complex in downtown Charleston.

Nobody has given a motive for the shooting of Rogers. Caldwell’s family said his personality had changed in the weeks before Rogers was shot and he was talking about being killed by police.

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