Long-time K-9 deputy injured in York County shooting returns to work

Officer returns to work after shooting

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - A long-time K-9 handler, who was injured in an officer-involved shooting in York County, returned to work Monday.

The York County Sheriff’s Office tweeted Sgt. Randy Clinton’s return to the force with a picture of him reuniting with his trusty K-9, Gabby.

“Back with Gabby on Sgt. Randy Clinton’s first day back to work," says the tweet which included the two hashtags #YCSONews and #GoodNews.

Clinton, who has been with the York County Sheriff’s Office for 34 years, was one of the four officers who were shot by alleged suspect, 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall.

Sgt. Clinton was then taken to Piedmont Medical Center in Rock Hill after being shot in the leg by Christian McCall in January of 2018. The K-9, Gabby, was not struck by the gunfire.

Clinton was among four officers shot on South Parham Road in York after responding to a domestic call. Detective Mike Doty was shot and killed by Christian McCall.

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Sgt. Buddy Brown, with the Sheriff’s Office, was wounded by McCall and Sgt. Kyle Cummings of the York Police Department was also shot, according to prosecutors.

McCall is being charged in the shooting. He was wanted for allegedly assaulting a woman at the home the night deputies were called. McCall was shot by law enforcement during the pursuit.

Christian McCall, 47, shot multiple York County deputies and a York County police officer in the Jan. 16 standoff according to prosecutors. Sheriff’s Detective Mike Doty was killed during the stand-off and Sgt. Buddy Brown, Sgt. Randy Clinton and Sgt. Kyle Cummings were injured.

The York County Sheriff’s Office says more than 85 men and women from multiple agencies helped with the manhunt for 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall.

McCall pleaded guilty in exchange for a life sentence, which the judge accepted. The prosecution agreed not to seek the death penalty against McCall.

In court, York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson said his officers "showed mercy" on McCall the night of the shooting. Detective Doty's father, Bob Doty, spoke in court and said his family has been "paralyzed with grief." The fallen detective's father said he prays daily for McCall's family and said he hopes the suspect "learns to be truthful with himself." Bob Doty said his family forgives McCall.

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McCall was released from the hospital in March and has since been in Charlotte-Mecklenburg police custody.

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