DeSantis Orders Flags be Flown at Half-Staff for Slain Law Officer
Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Cpl. Ray Hamilton, who was fatally shot Christmas Eve in the line of duty. DeSantis ordered that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Okaloosa County Courthouse and Crestview City Hall. Fort Walton Beach resident Timothy Price-Williams, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Hamilton, according to a news release on the sheriff’s office website.
To honor the memory of Corporal Ray Hamilton and his service to our state, @GovRonDeSantis has directed the Florida Flag and U.S. flag be flown at half-staff at the OCSO office, the Oka. County Courthouse and Crestview City Hall from sunrise to sunset Saturday, December 31st. pic.twitter.com/TsQJPwSltj
— OkaloosaSheriff (@OCSOALERTS) December 29, 2022
The shooting happened after the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for Price-Williams on a domestic-violence charge, the news release said. Price-Williams refused to leave his home. Shots ultimately were fired from the home, hitting Hamilton, who was with other officers in an area behind a backyard fence, according to the news release. Hamilton died after being taken to HCA Fort Walton Beach-Destin Hospital. A funeral will be held Saturday at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center.
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