Florida Gov. DeSantis Orders Flags Lowered For Slain Law Officer

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Cpl. Ray Hamilton, who was fatally shot Christmas Eve in the line of duty.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Cpl. Ray Hamilton

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Cpl. Ray Hamilton, who was fatally shot Christmas Eve in the line of duty.

DeSantis ordered that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Okaloosa County Courthouse, and Crestview City Hall.

Fort Walton Beach resident Timothy Price-Williams, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Hamilton, according to a news release on the sheriff’s office website.

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The shooting happened after the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for Price-Williams on a domestic-violence charge, the news release said. Price-Williams refused to leave his home.

Shots ultimately were fired from the home, hitting Hamilton, who was with other officers in an area behind a backyard fence, according to the news release.

Hamilton died after being taken to HCA Fort Walton Beach-Destin Hospital. A funeral will be held Saturday at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center.

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