YORK COUNTY, S.C. (FOX 46 CHARLOTTE) - A York County Sheriff's deputy went back to work on Monday for the first time in nearly a year.
Sgt. Randy Clinton put his uniform back on for the first time since he was injured in the January 2018 ambush that left him and two other law enforcement officers injured, and one dead.
Clinton signed in with his code number at the start of his day.
"YO Cannon 504," Sgt. Clinton said to dispatch for the first time in nearly a year. "I’m on duty."
“Copy, on duty,” dispatch responded.
Clinton’s partner Gabby the K9 certainly missed him, reuniting on his first day back.
Clinton’s injury and journey back to the office began the evening of Jan. 15, 2018, when officers responded to a domestic violence call at a home on Farrier Ln. outside of York.
The suspect, Christian McCall fled the scene, sparking a massive manhunt. Hours later, four law enforcement officers were ambushed by McCall in the woods, including Detective Mike Doty, who would later die from his gunshot wounds.
Clinton, York County Sheriff’s sergeant Buddy Brown and York police officer Kyle Cummings were all injured in the attack. Brown and Cummings were able to return to work in 2018.
Clinton, however, needed surgery, but his long road to recovery has come to an end, with a warm welcome back from sheriff Kevin Tolson.
“Welcome back, good to have you back, sir,” Tolson said over the radio.
"10-4. Thank you, sir."
Tuesday marks one year since the manhunt and deadly shootout began. The shooter, Christian McCall pleaded guilty and is serving a life sentence.
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