- The incident happened in the area of South Paraham Road between Campbell Road and Highway 49.
- YORK COUNTY, S.C., 4:37 PM ET.
- Trent Faris with the York County Sheriff's Office told WSOC-TV that around 10:10 p.m., deputies responded to a domestic violence call on Farrier Lane, just outside the town of York.
Faris said the suspect, 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall, was assaulting a woman in the home but when deputies arrived, he had taken off.
- A few hours later, just after 1 a.m., a K-9 unit was tracking McCall nearby, close to Paraham Road, when Faris said the suspect shot that officer. He was placed in a patrol car by another deputy and rushed to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill.
Deputies immediately began searching for McCall, and around 3:30 a.m., officers were fired upon again, Faris said.
- Three more law enforcement officers – two deputies and a York police officer – were shot. Two of them were flown to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte while the third was taken to CMC by ambulance. All three were SWAT team members wearing their tactical gear, Faris said.
No names have been released, but Faris said one of the officers underwent surgery and was recovering. The other three officers were still in surgery.
Faris said one of the officers was critically wounded.
Authorities told WSOC-TV that a State Law Enforcement Division helicopter was carrying two pilots when it came under fire during the search. The officers on the helicopter were not injured but the helicopter’s rear stabilizer was hit.
- “Our main concern is for our guys who in the hospital right now,” Faris said. “We could really use your prayers, and we could really use your thoughts right now for those officers."
Faris said McCall was also shot and taken into custody, and that he was taken to the hospital. It was not clear how badly he was injured.
Thom Berry, a State Law Enforcement Division spokesman, said McCall has an arrest from 1994 when he was charged with assault, resisting arrest and assaulting an officer.
McCall had been assaulting his wife, according to his father-in-law, who expressed shock to WSOC-TV, saying violence towards police is uncharacteristic for McCall.
- A firefighter on scene initially told WSOC-TV that three law enforcement officers were shot and that they had all been taken to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte.
“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 told The Herald. “This is what we hope never happens.”
- WSOC-TV crews watched as medical helicopters and ambulances arrived at CMC in uptown around 4:30 a.m.
The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department sent its aviation unit to help the York County Sheriff's Office, and CMPD officers blocked the roads so ambulances could get to CMC as quickly as possible.
- A WSOC-TV viewer who lives on Paraham Road said neighbors were being told to stay inside. Faris said the sheriff's office sent a reverse 911 call to local residents to make them aware of the situation.
"I saw individuals carrying automatic weapons up and down the highway,” said neighbor Scott Killian. “I've never seen so many police cars in my life. In fact, I didn't know York County had that many...but it was an experience you won't forget.”
Faris said the State Law Enforcement Division was investigating the shooting.
No further information has been released.
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