A sheriff’s deputy lost his life and on Saturday, December 24th, when a domestic violence suspect opened fire on responding deputies from inside his residence.
Five-year OCSO veteran Corporal Ray Hamilton, a member of the OCSO Special Response Team, succumbed to the shooting injury shortly after 3 p.m. at Fort Walton Beach – Destin Hospital.
The suspect, 43-year-old Timothy Price-Williams, was hit with return fire from deputies, sustaining a non-life-threatening injury to his arm.
Deputies had been called to the townhome at 710 North Park Boulevard in reference to a report of domestic violence.
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The victim reported Saturday morning that Price-Williams had slapped her in the face and shoved her during an argument the night before, taking away her phone so she could not call 9-1-1 for help.
When deputies went to the scene around 9 a.m. Saturday, to make contact with Price-Williams, he refused to come out of the residence.
The OCSO Special Response Team was called in. Price-Williams continued to refuse to leave the home, and then shot out a window around 12:40 p.m., striking Corporal Hamilton.
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“We are devastated by the grief of losing Corporal Hamilton, a deputy who was a ray of sunshine in the OCSO, dedicated to protecting others,” said Sheriff Eric Aden. “We appreciate the endless stream of words of support that have come in for his family and his co-workers as we face this heartbreaking loss of a profoundly loved and respected friend, public servant, and hero .”