Florida Sheriff’s Deputy Ray Hamilton Killed in Response to Christmas Eve Domestic Violence Appeal

A Florida community is mourning the loss of a sheriff’s deputy after he was shot and killed by a domestic violence suspect on Christmas Eve.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office announced that Cpl. Ray Hamilton, a five-year veteran of the department, was fatally injured when Timothy Price-Williams, 43, allegedly opened fire on him from inside his residence. Williams was shot in the arm during the firefight but is expected to be fine.

Hamilton, who served with the Special Response Team, died shortly after 3 p.m. Saturday at Fort Walton Beach Hospital – Destin.

The department said deputies responded to the townhouse at 710 North Park Blvd. to present a warrant against Price-Williams on a domestic violence charge.

The victim reported that Price-Williams slapped her in the face and pushed her during an argument on Friday. She also said he took her phone, so she couldn’t call 911 for help.

When the deputies arrived at the home around 9 a.m. on Saturday, they made contact with Price-Williams. He reportedly refused to leave the residence, prompting the Special Response Team to come to the scene.

At around 12:40 p.m. he fired shots through a window, hitting Hamilton, wounds which ultimately led to his death.

Cpl. Ray Hamilton was fatally injured when Timothy Price-Williams, 43, allegedly opened fire on him from inside his residence.


Timothy Price-Williams is charged with premeditated murder in the fatal shooting of OCSO Corporal Ray Hamilton.  The accused shot from inside his home as members of the Special Response Team tried to get him to surrender peacefully on a domestic violence warrant

Timothy Price-Williams has been charged with premeditated murder in the fatal shooting of OCSO Cpl. Ray Hamilton.


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Price-Williams is charged with first degree premeditated murder. He received medical treatment for his small injury and was later transported to prison.

In a statement posted to his Facebook page, Okaloosa County Sheriff Eric Aden said the grief of losing Hamilton was devastating, calling him a “ray of sunshine” who was “dedicated to protecting others”.

“We appreciate the endless words of support that have gone out to his family and colleagues as we deal with the heartbreaking loss of a deeply loved and respected friend, public servant and hero,” Aden said.

Hamilton’s death makes him the 61st officer to be fatally shot in 2022.

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