YORK COUNTY, SC (FOX 46 WJZY) - One of four York County cops shot during a deadly ambush back in January was likely hit by friendly fire, according to the sheriff's office, citing new forensic testing.
York County Police Sgt. Kyle Cummings, a former Army veteran, was responding to a domestic violence call with three other officers when they were shot. The ambush attack injured three officers and later killed Sheriff's Office Det. Mike Doty.
Testing was able to "definitively determine" the other officers were shot by Christian McCall, according to York County Sheriff Kevin Tolson.
McCall is serving life in prison without parole.
"In only a matter of seconds, gunfire was exchanged and three officers sustained injuries, as well as the suspect," said Tolson. "While it is likely that the shot that wounded Sergeant Cummings was fired by Lieutenant [Mike] Ligon, the ultimate responsibility for the attempted murder of Sergeant Cummings rests with Christian Thomas McCall."
McCall plead guilty in May to murder and three counts of attempted murder after using an AK47 assault rifle to fire at the officers.
Lt. Ligon, who is on the sheriff's SWAT team, has been assigned to administrative duties pending the outcome of an internal investigation.