UPDATE (9:03 a.m. EST) – The number of law enforcement officers shot now stands at 4, following a domestic violence call that turned into a manhunt overnight in York County, South Carolina.
The condition of the 3 deputies and 1 police officer were not disclosed, aside from the Sheriff’s spokesperson indicating the injuries were serious and the officers “can really use your prayers.”
“This is the worst-case scenario for officers and their families, and right now we are concerned about all of them,” York Police Chief Andy Robinson said. “This is what we hope never happens.”
According to The Herald, McCall also engaged a State Law Enforcement Division helicopter, landing rounds on the rear stabilizer.
Two injured officers were airlifted to nearby medical centers, while the remainder of the wounded were able to be transported by ground.
The suspect, 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall was shot by officers and is now in custody. The deputies and officer were shot in two different locations during the manhunt.
Please pray for the York PD Officer and York County Sheriff’s Deputies who were shot early this morning.
— York Police Dept. (@YorkSCPD) January 16, 2018
Former York County Sheriff-turned SC House of Representatives member Bruce Bryant said he “is sickened and devastated that four law enforcement officers were shot while trying to protect the public.”
“This is a terrible and unacceptable situation for law enforcement and for the people of York County,” Bryant said.
Bryant had served as head of the YCSO from 1997-2016 and knew three of the wounded officers personally.
Likewise, former officer and prosecutor-turned SC Representative Tommy Pope was equally angered by the incident.
“The shooting of four brave, courageous officers is an attack on them and their families, but it is also an attack on our society,” Pope said.
The Charlotte Observer
Three law enforcement officers were shot over night in York County, reports TV station WSOC.
The condition of the officers were not clear early Tuesday.
WBTV reported an active crime scene near the intersection of South Paraham Road at Charlotte Highway in York. Multiple sheriff deputies, Emergency Medical Services and fire officials are on scene, reported WBTV.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sent out a message early Tuesday that it is assisting York County in an officer involved shooting. “The CMPD Aviation Unit was requested by York County to assist and officers also assisted in blocking all roadways to Carolinas Medical Center,” reported CMPD. The statement did not give details on who was shot.
WSOC is quoting witnesses who said the shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. during a raid and were flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte. A suspect is in custody, reported WSOC.
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