YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - Bond was denied on Friday for the man accused of killing a York County detective and shooting three others.
Christian McCall, 47, was given no bond as we went before a judge on charges of ambushing law enforcement officers in York County, killing one of them.
The hearing took place just before 7:00 p.m. at the Moss Justice Center.
York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson spoke to FOX 46 today about the ultimate sacrifice one his deputies made the night of the attack. He says he's relieved the justice process has begun.
"It's good to be at this point. now the ball has started rolling in the due process,” Sheriff Tolson said.
Friends and family of the fallen and wounded officers stood just feet away from the accused killer.
"We've obviously suffered a tremendous tragedy and a deep wound that doesn't heal very quickly. I’m reminding my agency to be patient and take it day by day. we heal a little bit more each day,” Sheriff Tolson said.
Detective Mike Doty was the man killed by McCall. York County Police Sergeant Kyle Cummings and York County Sheriff's Office Sergeants Buddy Brown and Randy Clinton were also injured in the attack.
Deputies had received a call by McCall's wife for a domestic violence situation at 3042 Farrier Lane around 10:10 p.m. Monday, Jan. 15. By the time deputies arrived, the suspect, McCall, had left the scene and a foot search began, with the help of a K-9 unit.
The warrants for McCall's arrest say he punched his wife and pushed her head into bricks while holding a gun.
During the manhunt that followed the warrants say he had two firearms and a knife with him when he ambushed the four officers.
McCall also sustained gunshot wounds and was at CMC-Main being treated for his injuries. He was released from the hospital on Thursday and showed up in court in a wheelchair with a full leg brace.
No other details from that January night have been released.
"I know there are people in the community who want to know what happened, who would love for me to stand up here and explain in detail the events that took place that led up to and during the shooting. I know it's frustrating, but the rules of court say cases be tried in court and not in the media," said York County solicitor Kevin Brackett.
Brackett says he hasn't made a decision whether or not to pursue the death penalty. In the meantime, McCall will await his next court appearance at a facility outside of York County.
Sheriff Tolson says he plans to be at all of McCall's court appearances.
"Tough, challenging, exhausting, emotional. That describes my four feelings, but [I’m] resolved to stand behind my officers who were wounded and the officers who continue to serve this community,” Sheriff Tolson said.
McCall was taken to the Spartanburg County Detention Center by SLED officers Friday evening.