January 16, 2018
York County residents or others wanting to help after four law enforcement officers were shot in York County can make donations to a Go Fund Me page or a South State Bank account.
Four York County police officers were shot in a gunfight during an overnight domestic violence call Monday and manhunt outside York, and one was “critically wounded,” police said.
“This fundraiser is to support the four officers who were shot with their medical bills and recovery,” the Go Fund Me site states.
Christina Dover, branch manager of South State Bank in York, said donations also can be made to an account set up there, “and 100 percent will go to the families.”
Three of the injured officers were York County Sheriff’s deputies. One is a K-9 officer, who was searching for the suspect when he was shot. The other two are members of the York County SWAT team, police said.
The fourth injured officer, who also is on the county SWAT team, is a York Police Department officer, said York Police Chief Andy Robinson.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson identified the injured officers Tuesday afternoon as sheriff’s K-9 deputy Sgt. Randy Clinton, Sgt. Buddy Brown, Detective Mike Doty and York police Sgt. Kyle Cummings. Doty is the officer in critical condition, Tolson said.
Dover said donations may be made out to “York County Officers Fund,” and mailed to South State Bank at P.O. Box 768, York SC 29745, or dropped off at any of its York County locations. The York bank is at 801 E. Liberty St. Four other locations are at 1127 Ebenezer Road and 222 E. Main St. in Rock Hill, and 808 E. Tom Hall St. and 817 Dave Gibson Boulevard, Fort Mill.
Lt. Dale Edwards with York Police Department verified the authenticity of the Go Fund Me page. Edwards said the shootings are “still soaking in, and everybody’s having a hard time.”
The site says the fundraiser is endorsed by the SC York County Sheriff’s Office, the York Police Department and Law Enforcement Chaplaincy for South Carolina.
It is coordinated by Heroes In Blue, a nonprofit organization that promotes police and community relationships and provides support to the families of fallen officers.
Heroes In Blue was founded by Kassy Alia in memory of Officer Gregory Alia, who was shot and killed in the line of duty Sept. 30, 2015, the site states.
Within five hours, as of 6 p.m. Tuesday, the site had raised more than $5,000.
Commentator Logan Kanipe said “Keep fighting;” Margarette Parrish said “Praying for all of these brothers in blue and their families;” Rhonda McSwain said “Many prayers for you and your family. The community supports and thanks you for your service and sacrifice; and William McGarry said “Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! We know this pain and send much love.”
Others offered prayers and thanks.
To contribute, go to gofundme.com/support-york-county.