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‘York County is one:’ Vigil, prayer service Sunday to honor 4 police officers shot

York County sheriff’s deputies Mike Doty, from left, who died, and recovering deputies Buddy Brown, Randy Clinton and York police officer Kyle Cummings.
York County sheriff’s deputies Mike Doty, from left, who died, and recovering deputies Buddy Brown, Randy Clinton and York police officer Kyle Cummings. York County Sheriff’s Office

A public candlelight vigil and ecumenical prayer service for the four York County police officers shot in an ambush is set for 5 p.m. Sunday in front of the York County Courthouse in York.

York County Sheriff’s Office Det. Mike Doty died after the Tuesday attack outside York when four officers were shot during a domestic violence incident and manhunt.

Sheriff’s office Sgt. Randy Clinton and Sgt. Buddy Brown were wounded. York Police Department Sgt. Kyle Cummings also was wounded.

“York County is one, and we stand together, united as a community, for our officers,” said Steve Love, councilman for the city of York.

The courthouse is at the corner of Congress and Liberty streets in downtown York.

York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson and York Police Chief Andy Robinson will speak, as well as York Mayor Eddie Lee and York City Manager Lisa Wallace.

Prayer services will be given by the Revs. Carlton Brown and Matthew McGarity, chaplains for the sheriff’s office.

The assembled crowd will light candles, have a moment of silence and end the event with a song rendition of “Amazing Grace.”

Other events

Doty’s funeral is Monday. The service is noon Monday at Calvary Church in Charlotte, with burial afterward at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill. An American flag that flew above the South Carolina Statehouse Tuesday, the day of the shootings, will be in York County for Doty’s funeral.

Rock Hill-York County Airport Director Steven Gould Jr., because of the proximity of the airport to the cemetery, has requested “all recreational flying and flight training cease operations during those two hours out of respect for the Doty Family and all of the service men and women who will be in attendance.”

The S.C. General Assembly will honor Doty and the other wounded officers with a moment of silence and dedication of the day’s business.

Many York County leaders have condemned the shooting, including the York County legislative delegation. Reps. John King, D-Rock Hill; Tommy Pope, R-York; and Gary Simrill, R-Rock Hill, have spoken out against the attack on the “dedicated” officers.

The York County Sheriff’s Office has set up an informational hotline number at 803-325-2400 for information regarding funeral arrangements, media funeral staging areas, donating monetary funds to the officers and donating food or other items to deputies.

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