The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department closed stretches of two interstates Thursday as officers escorted the body of a fallen York County Sheriff’s Deputy back home to South Carolina.
It was a sign of respect for Detective Mike Doty, 37, who was shot in the line of duty and died Wednesday at a Charlotte hospital.
His body was escorted by CMPD from the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in uptown to the state line, via Brookshire Boulevard onto southbound Interstate 77 south. Parts of both roads were closed for the escort, and fire trucks were parked along some S.C. overpasses, flying U.S. flags from extended ladders.
Nearly 100 law enforcement officers and firefighters stood in below freezing temperatures on the Sutton Road overpass, saluting as the procession passed under the bridge, according to Facebook.
The procession included more than 200 law enforcement officers, and was watched live by thousands on social media. (A CMPD video post got 7,000 views in an hour.) Many of the commenters on social media thanked CMPD for “bringing Doty home.”
“Oh my goodness, this gave me chills,” posted Angela Cook on Facebook.
“That was gut-wrenching to watch. R.I.P. Doty,” commented Leeann Causby after the procession.
“Heart breaking for so many reasons,” posted Anne Wood.
Funeral arrangements for Doty have not been announced but will be posted on Facebook, said Trent Faris of the York County Sheriff’s Office.
Doty died Wednesday night at Carolinas Medical Center. He was among four officers shot early Tuesday in connection with a domestic violence call. Doty had been with the sheriff’s office for 12 years.
The wounded also included sheriff’s K-9 Deputy Randy Clinton, sheriff’s Sgt. Buddy Brown and York Police Sgt. Kyle Cummings.
According to the York County Sheriff's Office, Sgt. Kyle Cummings has returned home from the hospital and is recovering.
The officers were shot at two locations during a manhunt for suspect Christian Thomas McCall, 47. McCall was shot by law enforcement during the pursuit. His condition has not been released. The three other officers who were shot are expected to be OK.