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Man sentenced in shooting of deputy at Lancaster restaurant

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LANCASTER, SC (WBTV) -

A man accused of shooting a Lancaster County deputy in the face was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to attempted murder and several other charges.

Rodrick Darnell Caskey, 20, was accused of shooting Deputy Brandon Rollins in the face.

The 11-year veteran of the Sheriff's Office was shot around 7 p.m. on November 17, 2011 at the Shrimp Boat restaurant along Memorial Park Road.

The Sheriff's Office says that members of the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Team were at the restaurant on their dinner break when 19-year-old Rodrick Darnell Caskey, of Lancaster, entered the restaurant demanding money.

The officers confronted Caskey, who was armed with a gun, and shots were fired inside the restaurant.

Rollins was shot once in the stomach and was airlifted to the hospital.

Deputies say the Caskey was shot in the face during the gunfire and ran from the restaurant on foot into a local neighborhood. Several hours after the shooting, Caskey was located walking along West Meeting Street around 1:30 a.m. Friday morning.

Caskey has been charged with Attempted Murder, Armed Robbery, two counts Possession of a Weapon During the Commission of a Violent Crime, two counts Unlawful Carrying of a Pistol and two counts Possession of a Stolen Firearm.

Because the incident was an officer involved shooting, the investigation was turned over to the State Law Enforcement Division.

During the investigation, detectives connected Caskey as one of two suspects in another armed robbery that happened on November 19, 2010 at the Beverage Warehouse on Highway 200 in Lancaster.

Caskey, along with John Patterson Jr., 21, of the 1500 block of Old Landsford Road in Lancaster, robbed the store at knife point, the sheriff's office said.

Patterson was arrested Monday. Both he and Caskey were charged with Armed Robbery, Kidnapping and Possession of a Weapon during the Commission of a Violent Crime for the incident.

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