Charleston Police say they have shot and killed a man suspected of critically injuring a Berkeley County deputy last week, ending a more than 10-hour standoff.
Charleston Police Chief Greg Mullen told reporters Thursday that 32-year-old Jerome Caldwell of Mount Pleasant was killed after he emerged from an apartment firing at officers outside. Negotiators had been trying to talk with Caldwell ever since around 3:47 a.m. when a State Law Enforcement Division agent approached the apartment with a warrant for his arrest. The standoff occurred at the Robert Mills Manor housing project in the center of Charleston’s peninsula, located a few blocks north of the city’s famous Broad Street.
Mullen said Caldwell slammed the door on the agent once the agent began asking questions. He later opened fire several times on police gathering outside. Mullen said negotiations were not successful and Caldwell eventually came out of the rear of the building firing his gun. Officers returned fire and Caldwell was struck. Coroner Rae Wooten said he died at the scene. No other injuries were reported.
Berkeley County Lt. Will Rogers was listed in critical, but stable, condition this week after he was shot in the back of the head at a Moncks Corner gas station on May 14. The shooting led to a massive manhunt on Friday in the rural areas north of the town.
Charleston Police have been evacuating residents since around 7:00 a.m, according to neighbors.
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF), Berkeley County Sheriff’s Office, and others have promised an $11,000 reward for information leading to the suspect.