Deputies in Lancaster County arrested a man early Friday morning in connection with a restaurant robbery and shooting of an officer.
Officer Brandon Rollins, an 11 year veteran with the Lancaster County Sheriff's Office, was shot once in the stomach, authorities announced today. He was flown to a hospital and is in stable condition.
Rollins is an undercover officer with the department's drug force unit. His photo will not be published at the request of the department.
Officers from the Lancaster County Drug Task Force Team were at the Shrimp Boat on their meal break when an armed suspect entered the restaurant demanding money. The officers confronted the suspect and an exchange of gunfire took place.
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Lancaster County deputies spent several hours Thursday night searching for the shooter.
Rodrick Caskey, 19, of Lancaster has been arrested with shooting Rollins.
Caskey was located during the search, walking on West Meeting Street a few miles from the incident location. Caskey had also been shot in the face during the exchange of gunfire. Caskey was taken into custody and transported to a hospital to receive treatment. His injuries were not life-threatening.
"We are very happy that Investigator Rollins is doing well and we ask that everyone keep Brandon and his family in their thoughts and prayers," said Sheriff Barry Faile. "We are also grateful for all of the agencies that came to our assistance and helped us bring this violent individual to justice."
Nearly a dozen police cars surrounded the restaurant after the shooting. At one point, a police helicopter flew over the scene, shining a spotlight on the ground. Officers on foot and bloodhounds combed the area for the gunman.
The owner of the nearby Dog House Bar told WSOC-TV that deputies walked into his bar with guns and told patrons they were searching for a man dressed in black about 6 feet tall.
"They just hollered out that we needed to put our hands up ... making sure he wasn't in here hiding or whatever," said bar owner Johnny Roberts.
Theresa Jenkins, owner of Shrimp Boat, called the officers her heroes and angels.
"Those guys took control of the situation," Jenkins said. "They took control of the whole incident. They protected the customers who were in the building. ... When they saw there was danger, they jumped up and ran toward the danger."
The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division helped the Sheriff's Office with the investigation.
Video: Shrimp Boat owner, others discuss the shooting
Video: Lancaster County Sheriff press conference