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Florida deputy dies in the line of duty on Christmas Eve

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Photo by: Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page Corporal Ray Hamilton of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office was killed on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 2022.

(OKALOOSA COUNTY, FLA) — A Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputy was shot in the line of duty on Christmas Eve. The sheriff’s office located in Florida’s Panhandle is mourning the loss of
Corporal Ray Hamilton, a five-year veteran of the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputy Hamilton was fatally shot by a domestic violence suspect who opened fire on responding deputies from inside a home, according to authorities.

Timothy Price-Williams, 43, allegedly slapped the victim’s face and shoved her during an argument Friday night, taking her phone so she could not call 911 for help.

After a special response team arrived, Price-Williams opened fire out a window around 12:40 p.m., striking Hamilton.

The sheriff’s office said that Price-Williams finally exited the residence in a hostile manner which caused another deputy to fire a shot hitting him in the right arm.

The suspect was treated at the hospital and was then transported to jail and charged with first-degree premeditated murder.

Deputy Hamilton was taken to Fort Walton Beach-Destin Hospital where he died from his injuries shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday.

“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,” Sheriff Eric Aden said. “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.”