Community prayer vigil held for recovering Oconee Co. deputy

The Oconee County community came together in prayer Wednesday for Cpl. Lance Watts, who is still recovering in the hospital following a shooting last week
Published: Nov. 21, 2023 at 4:07 PM EST|Updated: Nov. 22, 2023 at 4:52 PM EST
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GREENVILLE, S.C. (FOX Carolina) - A community prayer vigil for Oconee County deputy Lucas Watts, who has shot last week, took place on Wednesday.

Participants gathered outside the Oconee County Courthouse in Walhalla at 10:30 am.

“We started this event several weeks ago to pray for our county schools, law enforcement, businesses, and churches,” said Myra Ketterman, one of the organizers. “We will praying specifically for the recovery of Deputy Lucas Watts, his family, and his law enforcement family. This tragedy has devastated our community and has brought us together as we look to God for help.”

Corporal Watts was shot on Nov. 16 following a traffic stop and subsequent pursuit near Westminster. His assailant, identified by the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office as 50-year-old Gregory Wayne Maxwell, is still in the hospital with injuries but will be arraigned by an Oconee County Magistrate and formally charged following his release.

The Oconee County Ministerial Association assisted in the Prayer Walk.