Fellow Officers' Reaction to Goose Creek Cop's Shooting
The frantic 911 calls have been released in an officers shooting in Goose Creek. Officer Robert Edwards Jr. is recovering tonight after he was shot last week.
"We have a husband here who was beating up his wife and daughter," a 911 caller said. "We helped the wife and daughter get out of the house. The wife is still in the front. They say he has a gun in there. He had them naked on the floor, like beating them up."
That man police say is Codrick Bass."They say he's loading up his gun," another 911 caller said.
Edwards was the first police officer on the scene when police say Bass shot him with a shot gun. He was hit nine times, including once to his face.
A 20 year veteran, Edwards is recovering from severe wounds including a punctured lung. His family and fellow officers are trying to cope.
"I was just devastated. I still am," Patrol Sergeant Fred Grisham said. He worked with Officer Edwards the last three years. He and Captain Shawn Laffey describe Edwards as one of their most dependable officers.
"He's a big guy. You've heard the term gentle giant. That comes to mind when you think about Robert," Laffey said.
While Officer Edwards recovers, his fellow officers take it a day at a time.
"We know Roberts going to be back," Grisham said.
The Edward's family attorney, David Aylor says the officer is now in stable condition. He is still on a ventilator, but doctors hope to take him off his breathing tube in the next day.
Officer Edwards was not wearing a bullet proof vest at the time of the shooting.
"That is a decision that is his own, and that time for whatever reason which I won't elaborate at this time, because we don't know, he did not have his vest on," Aylor said.
His wife, Gretchen Edwards released a statement saying, "It has been determined that a vest would not have protected my husband from the most serious injury he sustained from the shooting. Therefore our family is asking everyone to concentrate solely on my husbands actions as a police officer."
The family is accepting donations. They can be made at the South Carolina Federal Credit Union, the Edwards Family Fund.
Bass was also shot and he remains in stable condition at MUSC. He has been charged with attempted murder and other charges are now pending.