Detective Michael R. Doty

Detective Michael R. Doty

York County Sheriff's Office, South Carolina

End of Watch Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Michael R. Doty

Detective Michael Doty succumbed to gunshot wounds sustained the previous day while searching for a subject who had shot a York County Sheriff's canine handler earlier in the night.

Deputies had originally responded to a domestic disturbance at which a man had attacked his wife before fleeing into a wooded area near his home. The man ambushed a canine officer who was attempting to locate him, wounding him. The subject also shot a law enforcement helicopter that was assisting with the search.

Following the wounding of the canine officer, a SWAT team responded to the scene to continue searching for the man in the 1400 block of South Parham Road.

The man setup a second ambush, wounding Detective Doty and two other members of the SWAT team before being shot and wounded.

Detective Doty was flown to a hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he died the following day.

Detective Doty had served with the York County Sheriff's Office for 12 years.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 809

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Incident Date Tuesday, January 16, 2018
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and wounded

ambush, domestic, swat

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Detective Doty, thank you for your service. May the Lord comfort your family and fellow Deputies of the York County Sheriff's Office during this very difficult time. May your family and friends know that your sacrifice is part of a bigger plan that the Lord will always use for a positive outcome and will not be forgotten. Rest in Peace Sir.

K. Shipp, Special Agent
Dept of Veterans Affairs-Office of Inspector General CID

February 16, 2018

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