On Christmas Eve, a veteran Okaloosa County sheriff’s officer was fatally shot while responding to an armed standoff, according to the Police Tribune.
The shooting started on the morning of December 24, when a lady reported being attacked by 43-year-old Timothy Price-Williams the night before.
R.I.P. Corporal Ray Hamilton
Okaloosa County Sheriff Office, FL
Corporal Hamilton was shot & killed on Christmas Eve while attempting to arrest a suspect in domestic violence case
Corporal Hamilton we honor your life & we pray for the comfort of your loved ones pic.twitter.com/3SZJ6ATjXW
— 👑💥 Serenity 💥👑 (@polishprincessh) December 26, 2022
According to police, the lady told detectives that Price-Williams assaulted her and struck her in the face during an altercation, and that he seized her phone to prevent her from calling 911.
WPEC reports that investigators were eventually able to secure a warrant to arrest Price-Williams on a domestic assault allegation.
When Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO) deputies arrived to the suspect’s townhome at 710 North Park Boulevard at 9 a.m., he reportedly refused to comply and refused to leave, according to WEAR.
We are reeling this Christmas Eve after Corporal Ray Hamilton lost his life while serving as a Special Response Team member today, shot by a domestic violence suspect the SRT was working to take into custody at his townhome near Fort Walton Beach. Your prayers are so appreciated. pic.twitter.com/ldZJEXXRcB
— OkaloosaSheriff (@OCSOALERTS) December 24, 2022
According to WPEC, as a Special Response Team (SRT) encircled the property and sought to talk with the barricaded suspect, additional deputies entered the fenced-in backyard to help secure the perimeter.
However, Price-Williams refused to surrender and eventually began shooting at law officials from his house window, according to authorities.
WPEC reported that one of the bullets he reportedly fired about 12:40 p.m. struck OCSO Corporal Ray Hamilton.
According to the news agency, the injured hero was brought to HCA Fort Walton Beach-Destin Hospital, where he died just after 3 p.m.
“We are devastated by the loss of Corporal Hamilton, an OCSO deputy who was a ray of sunshine, dedicated to protecting others,” Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden said in a statement.
“We appreciate the outpouring of love and support for his family and coworkers as we face the heartbreaking loss of a deeply loved and respected friend, public servant, and hero.”