The most seriously wounded of the four York County law enforcement officers shot in an ambush Tuesday died Wednesday at a Charlotte hospital.
Detective Mike Doty died Wednesday night at Carolinas Medical Center, said York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
“Mike is in the Lord’s hands,” Tolson said earlier Wednesday, following a visit to the hospital where Doty and other officers were being cared for.
Police have described the situation as an ambush where four officers were shot after they responded to a domestic violence call near York.
Doty’s twin brother, Chris, also is a York County deputy who serves as a patrol sergeant. Chris Doty, who had been on light duty for an unrelated shoulder injury, was not involved in the incident Tuesday, Tolson said. Chris Doty and the rest of his family are dealing with the circumstances “as well as they can,” Tolson said.
“I can’t imagine what it is like for Chris as a twin, and an officer, and all the family to handle this, but we are all supporting them with everything that we have, including prayers,” Tolson said.
The three other injured officers also remain hospitalized.
K-9 Sgt. Randy Clinton and Sgt. Buddy Brown of the York County Sheriff’s Office are in stable condition after surgery at CMC Charlotte. Both are expected to have additional surgeries late Wednesday. Sgt. Kyle Cummings of the York Police Department remains in recovery, the sheriff’s office and SLED said.
Response to the shooting from York County residents and around the country has been “incredible,” Tolson said. Area residents have donated thousands of dollars for the officers.
Proclamations of support for police have come from such sources as the York County Bar Association, churches and religious groups and civic organizations. For example, a Clover restaurant, Jackson’s Kitchen, fed all sheriff’s office employees Wednesday in a show of gratitude.
“The appreciation we have for the community support is something that the officers and all of us will always treasure,” Tolson said.
Deputies have “stepped up even more” to make sure that call calls for service are handled, including during Wednesday’s winter weather. The injured officers expect others to continue to be dedicated to public safety, Tolson said.
“Our commitment to protect the public is not diminished, and we handled other calls Tuesday after this happened, and today,” Tolson said Wednesday. “We will do it again tomorrow too.”
The suspect in the shooting, Christian Thomas McCall, remains hospitalized at CMC in Charlotte, said Thom Berry, spokesman for the State Law Enforcement Division. SLED is handling the investigation because officers were involved, but has not released any details such as the type of weapon used against police.
No charges have been filed, but prosecutors said Tuesday there is probable cause to charge McCall with three counts of attempted murder and other charges including domestic violence. Charges concerning Doty remain on hold because of the serious nature of his injuries.
Officers responded to McCall’s home outside York late Monday after his wife called 911 to report being assaulted, Tolson said. Clinton was shot around 90 minutes later, while searching for McCall, who fled before police arrived.
SWAT and other officers arrived later. Cummings, Brown and Doty are all on the SWAT team. Around 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, the three were searching for McCall when they were shot in what Tolson called an “ambush.”