CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A motorcade of law enforcement officers escorted the body of a fallen York County detective for an autopsy in Charleston.
Detective Michael R. Doty of the York County Sheriff's Office died after being injured Tuesday morning in an officer-involved shooting.
The motorcade left MUSC shortly after 2 p.m. to transport Doty back to York County.
Charleston County Coroner Rae Wooten called Doty's killing a horrible, unnecessary tragedy.
"It has hurt so many people, and it's just hard to get your head around the fact that something of this magnitude can happen," Wooten said. "I'd never be able to say enough how much we owe a debt of gratitude to our law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line every day."
Wooten said the decision to conduct Doty's autopsy in Charleston was made by York County Coroner Gast as a show of respect to the family of the well-known detective and because the coroner's office there has such a close working relationship with area law enforcement.
Gast also said closer counties do not accept out-of-county cases.
The North Charleston Police Honor Guard was among the law enforcement officers present for the motorcade.
The shooting Tuesday morning happened after deputies responded to a domestic call. Doty died Wednesday at Carolinas Medical Center while surrounded with his family, deputies said.
Funeral arrangements were announced Friday morning for Doty. A celebration of his life is planned for Monday at noon in Charlotte.
Sgt. Buddy Brown, Sgt. Randy Clinton and Sgt. Kyle Cummings were also injured in the shooting, according to the York County Sheriff's Office.
Cummings was released from the hospital and is recovering, deputies say. Brown was also expected to be OK.
Clinton, a K-9 handler, was shot in the leg and is expected to recover. The K-9 was not struck.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.