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Billboard aimed at capturing cop shooter

The bullet-proof vest that saved Cobb Police Det. Danny Rogers’ life July 12 still holds the bullet that would have killed him.

Rogers says the gun appears to have been a .38 caliber. He says the bullet actually hit the vest and traveled a short distance underneath the fabric before coming to a stop.

The man who shot Cobb Police Detective Danny Rogers point blank on July 12 is still on the loose and the officer himself says he’s still very dangerous.

“If he’d do this to a police officer, I’m sure he’d do it to anybody,” said Rogers, whose life was saved by his police-issued body armor.

Rogers was on foot patrol near an apartment complex in the 300 block of Hurt Road when he spotted a suspicious young man hanging out near a grove of trees. When the officer approached him, the man ran. Rogers chased him. The suspect fell and just as Rogers was upon him, rolled onto his back and shot Rogers in the chest.

In the chaos, Rogers said he didn’t get much of a look at the suspect, who is described as a black man, approximately 20-years old, 5-feet-10 with his hair done in twists.

Rogers survived the shooting, but the suspect got away. The reward for capture of the suspect is up to $15,000, thanks to a grant from the National Police Defense Foundation’s Safe Cop program. Now, donors have erected a billboard on South Cobb Drive and Cranfill in Smyrna, hoping to attract some clues.

“With that billboard up and people passing it every day, seeing the reward money, I think that will help,” said Rogers.

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