Florida: Policeman Killed in Clashes on Christmas Eve

SHALIMAR, Fla. (HPD) — A police officer was shot and killed while trying to serve a subpoena on a suspect in northwestern Florida, authorities said.

Timothy Price-Williams is charged with first-degree premeditated murder in the Saturday death of police officer Ray Hamilton in Fort Walton Beach.

Hamilton was establishing a perimeter around a home where Price-Williams had barricaded himself when shots erupted from inside the building, hitting the officer, Okaloosa County Police said in a statement.

Hamilton was taken to the hospital, where he died.

The officers were trying to serve a subpoena on Price-Williams related to a domestic violence charge, but he refused to leave the residence, according to authorities. A special police team was summoned to the scene to negotiate with the suspect and try to convince him to come out peacefully.

After Hamilton was shot, Price-Williams for a time continued to refuse to leave the house. When he finally got out, he “acted in a manner that led to another police officer shooting him,” police said. Price-Williams was wounded in the right arm.

Price-Williams was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was denied bail and on Sunday he was still in custody. At the moment it is not known if he has a lawyer who can speak for him.

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