A South Carolina sheriff’s deputy is miraculously alive after surviving a life-threatening gunshot wound to the head last week, a situation his fellow officers believed would be fatal. Thanks to what his superior described as ‘intervening prayer,’ the young officer has pulled through. Last Thursday afternoon, 27-year-old Cpl. Lucas Watts was critically injured in eastern South Carolina during a traffic stop involving a heavily armed individual.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office deputy, who has been with the department for two years, was allegedly shot in the head by a man police have identified as 50-year-old Gregory Maxwell.
Watts, according to his boss Sheriff Mike Crenshaw, was badly wounded.
“I’m not talking about a grazing wound to the head, I’m talking about a bullet to his brain,” Crenshaw recalled, according to WYFF-TV.
The outlet reported Crenshaw was so moved by the events that took place in the moments and hours after Watts was shot, he attended a church service in the county in the community of Westminster.
As he addressed the congregation of First Baptist Westminster, Crenshaw explained that the area where Watts was wounded was so remote that it would have taken an ambulance up to 45 minutes just to arrive.
He also said the young deputy would not have survived a life flight. Watts was loaded up into the back of a pickup truck and taken to an area fire station.
From there, the 27-year-old was taken to a hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, by ambulance.
The sheriff arrived at the hospital after local law enforcement officers, including Greenville County Sheriff Hobart Lewis, who told him before he arrived that Watts’ injuries were “not survivable.”
Crenshaw made his way to the hospital anyway where he covered Watts’ wife Haley, who demanded to see her husband.
“They carry the wife in,” Crenshaw told the church. “She touches him and he starts moving. A tear rolls down his face. The doctor says ‘Let’s go, get him into surgery, right now, immediately get him into surgery. Go Go Go.’”
Never question the existence of miracles. This deputy’s survival is a testament to that very fact.