Four officers were gunned down by a suspect involved in a domestic fight in York County, South Carolina. One of the law enforcement officers was deemed “critically wounded” and he is now fighting for his life.
Three of the shot lawmen were the sheriff’s deputies. One of the officers was looking for the gunman when he was shot. The other two officers were part of a local SWAT team.
A fourth officer works for the York Police Department while also taking part in SWAT interventions.
One Police Officer’s Condition ‘Critical’
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson confirmed the identities of the four men Tuesday. Detective Mike Doty’s condition was described as “critical.” Another one of the wounded officers had undergone surgery and his situation was stable. Two other officers were getting ready for surgery.
I am devastated. Our officers are devastated,
the sheriff said.
He said the entire “sheriff’s office family” is shocked by the incident. The sheriff complained that the attacks on law enforcement officers have been going on “for years”.
The York police chief said that many other police officers from the department have been hospitalized in recent months. He described the latest shootout as “the worst-case scenario” for any officer and their loved ones.
The 47-year-old suspect was also injured in the gun battle and his condition remains unclear. It is not the first time the gunman has assaulted a law enforcement officer. In 1994, he was charged with simple assault on an officer after resisting arrest.
The helicopter that was looking for the suspect during the manhunt outside York was also hit by gunfire. The deputies had responded to the domestic violence call around 10:00 p.m. Monday. SWAT team members were called after the suspect fled.
Several police agencies were involved in the manhunt that got one officer down and lasted until 3:30 a.m. when three other officers were injured.
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