Hundreds of Rock Hill and York County residents flocked to the streets to show support for a fallen officer who many say inspired “love” in the community.
People of all backgrounds gathered Monday afternoon along the funeral processional route of Detective Mike Doty. Doty, a York County Sheriff’s Office deputy, died last week responding to a domestic violence incident near York.
Police say Doty and three other officers were shot by Christian Thomas McCall, who also was shot and remains hospitalized. He has not been charged, but is expected to face murder and attempted murder charges.
Doty was memorialized Monday morning at Calvary Baptist Church in Charlotte, where thousands turned out to honor him. Hundreds of police officers from across America turned out both for the service and also for a miles-long processional that featured cruisers from police departments across the Southeast.
“It’s overwhelming,” said Don Tennyson, who teared up just minutes before cruisers reached the intersection of India Hook Road and Celanese Road in Rock Hill. “But it’s the thing you should do. These officers put their lives on the line every day. It’s good to say that people really care about each other and the community.”
Doty was buried Monday afternoon at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill.
Sissy Holler, a mother of two deputies in Spartanburg County, said she felt called to help grieve with her law enforcement family in York County. She said she felt distressed by other recent police shootings and felt it had been happening “more and more.”
“It kills me, as a mother, that an officer has died,” she said. “It’s devastating.”
James and Robin Brooks brought their son Max along to the processional. They said they were aware of the taxing job law enforcement officials have.
“We know how difficult and thankless that job can be,” said James Brooks. “Hopefully, we can show some respect.”
“He gave the ultimate sacrifice for us, as citizens of this county,” said Carmen McGinnis. “He was just trying to protect us.”