CHARLESTON - Murder charges have been filed in the shooting death of a Ripley man on Charleston’s west side on the afternoon of December 27.
Charleston Police detectives have charged Tremaine Jackson, 23, of Charleston, with murder in the fatal shooting of Bryan Rogers, II, 29, of Ripley.
According to investigators, Jackson shot Rogers once in the abdomen at close range with a .380 caliber handgun during an altercation in an alley near the intersection of 7th Avenue and Rebecca Street at around 3 p.m. on Sunday, December 27. Rogers entered the West Side Market and Deli after the shooting and collapsed. He died later at CAMC General.
Jackson was arrested late on December 28 and allegedly admitted to shooting Rogers in an interview with investigators on the morning of December 29. Jackson claimed that Rogers had stolen some $3,000 worth of heroin from him about a month prior, triggering the fatal alley confrontation. The murder weapon has not been recovered by detectives.
Rogers was a WVU-P graduate. Funeral services were held at Waybright Funeral Home on December 31. Burial followed in Mt. Olive Cemetery at Gay.
Jackson remains lodged in the South Central Regional Jail without bond.
Rogers’ murder was the seventh in Charleston in 2015.