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Suspect in York Co. police shootings downgraded to ‘fair’ condition, hires lawyer

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York County Sheriff’s Det. Mike Doty remembered as hero and friend during funeral at Calvary Church

The suspect in the shooting of four York County law enforcement officers last week was in “fair” condition Friday morning at a Charlotte hospital after he was shot by police.

Christian Thomas McCall, who has not been charged in the police shootings, was listed in fair condition Friday, after being listed in “good” condition late Thursday at Carolinas Medical Center, where he has been since the incident, said Lea Ramsey, a spokesperson for Carolinas Healthcare System.

McCall has hired a lawyer. Montrio Belton, a Rock Hill attorney, confirmed to The Herald on Thursday that he is representing McCall.

McCall was wounded, but law enforcement and medical officials have not released where he was shot, or the extent of his injuries.

Belton, McCall’s lawyer, declined to discuss McCall’s medical condition.

McCall, 47, has been at Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte since the Jan. 16 in a shootout with law enforcement. York County Sheriff’s Detective Mike Doty was shot and later died.

Belton declined to discuss the evidence or the case, but did say he has had preliminary talks with prosecutors.

“I don’t know what the ultimate charges will be – that is solely up to the solicitor,” Belton said.

Police and prosecutors say law enforcement officers have a fugitive hold on McCall, who has not been charged because he remains hospitalized.

McCall is expected to face a murder charge in the death of Doty and charges of attempted murder for shooting sheriff’s Sgts. Randy Clinton and Buddy Brown and York Police Sgt. Kyle Cummings.

McCall will have to be extradited to South Carolina. McCall will likely be first jailed in North Carolina.

Belton said he will represent McCall in any extradition proceedings in North Carolina and initial appearances in South Carolina. He declined further comment.

16th Circuit Solicitor Kevin Brackett has declined to discuss the case other than to say, after the shooting, that evidence supported police seeking warrants against McCall in the shootings.

Law enforcement officials have said police are monitoring McCall.

A horse-drawn caisson carried Det. Mike Doty's casket to his burial site Monday at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill. The SLED helicopter that sustained bullets during an ambush that left three York County law enforcement officers injured and tha

The State Law Enforcement Division investigation is ongoing, a SLED spokesman said Thursday.

SLED is handling the case because police were involved, as both victims and in the shooting of McCall.

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