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Flags lowered for slain law officer

United States flag flying at a half-staff
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Flags are flying at half-staff for Okaloosa Sheriff's Cpl. Ray Hamilton, who was shot to death responding to a domestic violence charge

Gov. Ron DeSantis on Thursday ordered that flags be flown at half-staff Saturday to honor Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Cpl. Ray Hamilton, who was fatally shot Christmas Eve in the line of duty.

DeSantis ordered that flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset at the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Okaloosa County Courthouse and Crestview City Hall.

Fort Walton Beach resident Timothy Price-Williams, 43, has been charged with first-degree murder in the shooting of Hamilton, according to a news release on the sheriff’s office website. The shooting happened after the sheriff’s office obtained a warrant for Price-Williams on a domestic-violence charge, the news release said.

Price-Williams refused to leave his home. Shots ultimately were fired from the home, hitting Hamilton, who was with other officers in an area behind a backyard fence, according to the news release.

Hamilton died after being taken to HCA Fort Walton Beach-Destin Hospital. A funeral will be held Saturday at the Destin-Fort Walton Beach Convention Center.