York County, SC – Four law enforcement officers were shot early Tuesday morning, after a gunman opened fire on them in two separate incidences.
The identities of the three York County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO) deputies and one York Police Department (YPD) officer who were shot have not been released, and their conditions were unknown, FOX News reported.
Police said that the suspect, Christian McCall, 47, was shot by officers before he was arrested. His condition was also unknown.
The incident began at 10:10 p.m. on Monday, when police were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in York, WSOC reported.
According to his father-in-law, McCall had been assaulting his wife.
McCall fled the scene prior to officers’ arrival, prompting a manhunt.
Just after 1 a.m., McCall shot a K-9 handler deputy. Another officer got the deputy into a patrol vehicle, and rushed him to a hospital.
Investigators then requested additional manpower to assist with the search.
At approximately 3:30 a.m., the gunman opened fire again, hitting two YCSO deputies and one YPD officer.
Two of the injured law enforcement officers were airlifted to Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, while the third was transported by ambulance, according to WSOC.
McCall also fired at a helicopter that was searching for him, WSOC reported.
The helicopter was hit, but police said that no one inside was injured.
Authorities said the suspect had several “long guns,” according to the Associated Press.
McCall was eventually shot, and taken into custody by law enforcement, YCSO spokesperson Trent Faris said, according to WSOC.
“This is the worst-case scenario for officers and their families, and right now we are concerned about all of them,” YPD Chief Andy Robinson said. “This is what we hope never happens.”
The shootings were not the first time McCall attempted to hurt law enforcement officers.
In 1994, McCall was charged with assault, resisting arrest, and assaulting an officer, State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry told WSOC.