Thursday, January 18, 2018

South Carolina deputy dies, 3 others remain wounded, after 'ambush' shooting

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Katherine Lam

A South Carolina sheriff's deputy has died after a man, who was wanted for assaulting his wife, "ambushed" and shot him and three other officers, officials said Wednesday. 

York County Detective Michael Doty died Wednesday after he was shot by Christian Thomas McCall, 47, during an hours-long manhunt Tuesday morning.

"It is with a heavy heart & great sadness that York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson announces the passing of Detective Michael R. Doty," the sheriff's office wrote on Facebook. Doty spent 12 years working for the department.

SWAT team members Sgt. Randy Clinton and Sgt. Buddy Brown are in stable condition, and Sgt. Kyle Cummings, also of SWAT, is still recovering from his wounds. A K-9 officer was also injured in the attack.

The officers were called to McCall's house, outside of York, around 10:20 p.m. Monday night after he attacked his wife, authorities said. McCall ran into the woods and deputies spend about three hours searching for him.

Clinton has been with the department for 34 years, WSOC reported. Brown has been with the force for 13 years, and Cummings has been on the force for three years.

McCall, (right photo) a father of three children who was shot during a gunfight with officers, remained in the same Charlotte, North Carolina hospital Wednesday where the four officers were also taken. He was initially charged with three counts of attempted murder for the three officers who were less seriously wounded, but due to Doty's death, the charges are expected to change.

McCall’s father-in-law told WSOC-TV after the shooting Tuesday it was “uncharacteristic” for his son-in-law to act violently toward police. He revealed that McCall had assaulted his wife, who was not seriously injured, Monday night. Police received a call around 10 p.m. about a domestic disturbance.

But details about McCall’s history included one arrest in February 1994, when he was charged with assaulting a law officer, resisting arrest and simple assault. It’s unclear what happened to the case. Deputies were also called to the two-story York home in 2015 when McCall was the victim of an alleged domestic disturbance. Details from that incident were not released.

Roger Gilfillan, a neighbor, said Tuesday morning’s incident was “baffling” and called the McCalls “real nice people.”

"He just kept to himself," Gilfillan said, adding the 47-year-old never caused any trouble in the neighborhood.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Also read: 5 Colorado deputies shot, 1 fatally, in 'ambush' attack

I am not really sure what is going through people's heads these days, I can't say the left or right can fix these problems, or could it be their lack of action gives us this end result??? My thoughts and best wishes for all in South Carolina affected by this tragedy...