CPD: Hostage situation underway in Charleston with man accused of shooting SC deputy

CPD: Hostage situation underway in Charleston with man accused of shooting SC deputy

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston police say the suspect wanted in the attempted murder of a Berkeley County Sheriff's Office deputy has been located in downtown Charleston.

Multiple law enforcement agencies have responded to Robert Mills Manor on Beaufain Street, where police say a hostage situation is underway with a man accused of shooting BCSO Deputy Lt. Will Rogers. Charleston Police Department spokesperson Charles Francis confirmed the suspect is the person previously identified in a sketch as a person of interest in the case.

Charleston Police Department, SLED, SWAT, hostage negotiators, and other agencies are on the scene, according to CPD. Police have set up operations in the area of Cromwell Alley, and are asking motorists and pedestrians to avoid the area until further notice.

According to the police department's Twitter account, family members are also on the scene talking with the suspect.

Lt. Rogers was shot at a gas station on Highway 52 at Cypress Gardens Road in Moncks Corner around 10:20 p.m. on Thursday, May 14. Investigators say as Rogers was talking to a customer in the parking lot, a masked gunman came around a corner and shot Rogers from behind.

According to Rogers' family, the deputy was shot in the back of the head.

The suspect then reportedly carjacked a black Hyundai Sante Fe and fled the scene. The vehicle was located two hours later, but the suspect was gone.

Lt. Rogers was rushed to MUSC for emergency surgery. He was last listed by hospital officials as in critical but stable condition, and is recovering in the ICU.

This is a developing story.

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