A Goose Creek police officer is listed in critical but stable condition at the Medical University of South Carolina after being shot during a domestic violence call Monday night.
Lt. Karen Nix, with the Goose Creek Police’s Office of Professional Standards, says Officer Robert Edwards Jr. is a 20-year police veteran and has been employed with the Goose Creek Police Department for three years.
Police say that as officers arrived, the suspect, 33-year-old Codrick Bass, came out of the house, firing a shotgun. Authorities originally said Edwards was hit in the upper torso multiple times but later would not confirm that, saying that the case is under investigation by SLED. More officers arrived, and Bass was eventually injured and taken into custody.
A neighbor said when Edwards hit the ground another officer ran up and covered him.
The amount of gunfire was extensive, even hitting neighboring houses and cars. Police say a third person had superficial wounds.
We at the police department extended family appreciate the enormous amount of support. The suspect is facing multiple attempted murder charges. There is ongoing investigation related to the domestic disturbance issue for the purpose for our being dispatched to that location that may result in pending charges. The suspect is currently stable and recovering at MUSC.
Nix says the officer was not wearing his bullet proof vest at the time.
It is our policy that the vest is supplied and provided to all officers, but it is at their discretion as to whether they choose to wear the vest.
Officer Edwards’ wife works for the Goose Creek police as a Communication Specialist.
A fund to assist the Edwards family has been established through the South Carolina Federal Credit Union.
Nix says domestic violence calls are dangerous. She says the outpouring of support has been tremendous.
Just, thank you for the support. We appreciate the community standing behind us, and hopefully, with many prayers, he’ll be able to recover from these injuries.