• Man accused of killing York County deputy received sharpshooter badge

    By: Greg Suskin

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    YORK COUNTY, S.C. - New information has been released on the military background of Christian McCall, the man accused of shooting four York County officers the morning of Jan. 16.

    Warrants have been piling up against McCall. The long list of possible charges against him includes murder after one of the local detectives died.

    On Wednesday, The Army confirmed with Channel 9 that McCall served between November 1991 and November 1994 as a Petroleum Supply Specialist.

    He was awarded a Sharpshooter Badge with auto rifle bar, Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Parachutist Badge and Army Service Ribbon.

    Community Solicitor Kevin Brackett is building his case against McCall, who is also charged with three counts of attempted murder, four counts of using a weapon during a violent crime and first-degree domestic violence.

    Brackett was at the emotional goodbye to fallen Deputy Mike Doty and saw the unforgettable outpouring from the community.


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    "I was moved to tears (Monday) with the response from this community,” Brackett said. “I could not believe all those people lining the streets."

    Now Brackett's office must prosecute a case with extreme public interest.

    Deputies responded to a domestic violence call on Farrier Lane on Jan. 15, which led to the gunfire against the four officers. 

    Kevin Brackett was at the emotional goodbye to fallen Deputy Mike Doty and saw the unforgettable outpouring from the community.

    Once the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigation is closed, Brackett will decide if he will seek the death penalty. 

    Brackett said he will review the case and speak to the victims.

    Channel 9 asked Brackett if there's pressure on his office for justice in the high-profile case.

    "We do not decide cases in the court of public opinion,” Brackett said. “We decide them in a court of law, just like this one, and that's what we intend to do with Mr. McCall's case."

    Channel 9 learned that when McCall is released from Carolinas Medical Center, he will not be housed at the York County Detention Center where flags still fly at half-staff.

    On Tuesday, McCall was upgraded to good condition.

    Brackett said McCall could be sent to another jail to protect everyone involved.

    "Given the fact that the victims in this case are law enforcement officers from the Sheriff's Office, and the sheriff runs the jail,” Brackett said.

    Sources told Channel 9 that McCall has injuries to his leg and arm after being shot when police returned fire.

    SLED spokesman Thom Berry said the investigation remains active as officials continue to conduct interviews and gather evidence.

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