Florida lawmaker shot dead during Christmas Eve standoff

SHALIMAR, Fla. — A sheriff’s deputy in the Florida Panhandle was shot and killed on Christmas Eve during a confrontation with a suspect who was serving an arrest warrant.

Timothy Price-Williams was charged with premeditated first-degree murder in Saturday’s killing of Cpl. Ray Hamilton of Fort Walton Beach.

The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Hamilton was setting up a cordon around a townhouse when Price-Williams refused to leave when someone inside the residence shot the deputy .

Hamilton died after being taken to hospital.

Deputies are trying to issue a warrant for Price-Williams on domestic violence charges, but he has refused to leave the home, according to the sheriff’s office. The Sheriff’s Office’s Special Response Team was called in to work with the suspect to get him out peacefully.

After Hamilton was shot, Price-Williams refused to leave the house for a while. When he finally walked out, Price-Williams’ behavior “caused another deputy to shoot him,” the sheriff’s office said. The suspect was injured in his right arm.

Price – Williams was taken to the hospital for treatment. He was refused bail and remained in jail on Sunday. There are no online court records for him yet, so it’s unknown if he has an attorney.