SC officers 'ambushed' in shooting, 1 deputy 'hanging on to life'

Frederick Owens
January 19, 2018

Doty, one of the four shot in the line of duty trying to find a domestic violence suspect, died Wednesday, according to the York County Sheriff's Office in SC.

Christian Thomas McCall left Mike Doty "hanging on to life" after shooting him and three other officers as he was chased by police dogs in York County, South Carolina.

The York County Sheriff's Office confirmed his death on Twitter, noting that it was "with a heavy heart & great sadness that York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson announces the passing of Detective Michael R. Doty".

The fallen men were rushed to hospital, where 47-year-old Doty died on Wednesday.

In addition to Doty, officers Buddy Brown with the sheriff's department and Kyle Cummings with the York Police Department were shot in the ambush.

SWAT team members Sgt. Randy Clinton is awaiting surgery. A K-9 officer was also injured in the attack.

McCall was also shot during the shootout with police, but the extent of his injuries and present condition are unknown.

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Three other deputies were wounded.

Officials have not said how badly those deputies were injured but officials said the suspect has been taken down. No charges were immediately filed.

The prosecutor was waiting to see what happens with Doty's medical condition before deciding what to charge McCall with in that shooting.

There was an active crime scene near the intersection of South Paraham Road at Charlotte Highway in York as law enforcement investigated.

The suspect had several 'long guns, ' State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry said.

A SC sheriff's deputy remained in critical condition Wednesday after he was shot during a gun battle with a suspect early Tuesday morning. The helicopter was struck in the rear stabilizer but the pilot continued to fly, according to officials. The sheriff's office did not say whether they had criminal issues with McCall in the past.

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