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Corporal Lucas Watts Scheduled to Return Home Wednesday

(Walhalla, SC)-------------------------------------Oconee County Sheriff Mike Crenshaw is excited to announce that Corporal Lucas Watts, who was injured in an Officer Involved Shooting on November 16th, 2023, is scheduled to return home tomorrow.


“A little more than six months after he was shot in the line of duty, Lucas is coming home,” says Sheriff Crenshaw.  “God deserves all praise and glory for Lucas’ recovery and I know that Lucas and his family are excited that he will be coming home to the house that he and his wife, Haley, share with their son.  We thank everyone for their continued prayers and thoughts for Lucas and ask that everyone continue to be in prayer.”


According to Sheriff Crenshaw, the tentative plan right now is for Lucas to be discharged from his out of state rehabilitation facility sometime early tomorrow afternoon and begin his journey back home. It is anticipated that Lucas should arrive back in South Carolina between 2pm and 3pm Wednesday. 


“If anyone would like to welcome Lucas back home, we are making plans to assemble at the Highway 11 bridge at I-85(exit 1) tomorrow afternoon,” says Sheriff Crenshaw.  “Some of our Deputies will be traveling tomorrow to Atlanta to help bring Lucas home, and once they leave Atlanta, then we will have a more approximate time that the motorcade will be arriving back in South Carolina.  We will update our social media platforms tomorrow in order to provide the approximate time.”


Sheriff Crenshaw emphasizes again that anyone who would like to welcome Lucas home can do so from the Highway 11 at I-85 bridge.  Deputies will be on-hand for traffic control and to help those who attend to park safely, according to the Sheriff.


“Once Lucas returns home, his rehabilitation will continue.  Lucas has made great progress but he still has a long way to go in his recovery.  The main focus for the family will continue to be Lucas’ recovery.  Therefore, the family is asking for their privacy to continue to be respected during this time so they can focus all their energy on Lucas.  The family will not be granting any media interviews, at this time.” says Sheriff Crenshaw. 

On behalf of the family, Lucas and the Oconee County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff Crenshaw would like to thank all the first responders, law enforcement, medical and rehabilitation personnel for their hard work and dedication in helping Lucas to recover and for making his homecoming possible. 





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