Memorial sign for slain York County detective ripped down

The sign dedicated in memory of York County Sheriff's Detective Mike Doty this past February wasn’t in sight on Wednesday, after someone took it down. 

Doty was shot and killed in January, when he answered a domestic violence call in York County. 

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This past Saturday, a Sheriff's deputy responded to a call that the road sign had been ripped down and tossed on the ground. 

When the deputy got there, bolts were missing from the sign posts, and others were loose, according to a report. 

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“Whether it was just kids being kids or somebody who just, who I hate to say it, doesn't like police officers, trying to be malicious, it's not just a piece of metal like a stop sign or a speed limit sign it means something to us,” Trent Farris with the York County Sheriff's Office said. 

The Sheriff's deputy picked up the sign tossed on the side of the road. It wasn't damaged, but the act itself was damaging to fellow deputies and to the family of the fallen detective. 

Deputies tell FOX 46 Charlotte the sign will soon be returned to its original spot.