Deputy Sheriff Charlie Albert Rodgers

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Albert Rodgers

Greenwood County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Saturday, May 19, 1973

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Charlie Albert Rodgers

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Rodgers succumbed to a gunshot wound sustained several days earlier after responding to assist Greenwood Police Department officers at the scene of an active shooting at 11:38 am.

As Deputy Rodgers and his partner pulled up to the scene at Washington Avenue and Tabor Street, the suspect opened fire with a shotgun, striking Deputy Rodgers in the face. The suspect was then shot and killed by another officer who was on the scene.

During the shooting spree, the suspect, who was a convicted murderer on parole, shot seven people. Two were killed. Two other Greenwood County Sheriff's Deputies were injured.

Deputy Rodgers was transported to Self Memorial Hospital where died from his wounds three days later.

Deputy Rodgers was a United States Army Korean War veteran and had served with the Greenwood County Sheriff's Office for four years. He was survived by his wife, son, two sisters, and two brothers.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Not available
  • Weapon Shotgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

active shooter, convicted felon, parolee

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Honoring your service on the 50th Anniversary of your death. Hoping that your son has found peace, comfort and strength. Your #BlueFamily remembers you.

Captain JMD (Ret.)
Montgomery County, Maryland Police Department

May 19, 2023

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