Motorcade being held to honor fallen deputy

A motorcade will be held for Corporal Ray Hamilton in honor of his service after being killed...
A motorcade will be held for Corporal Ray Hamilton in honor of his service after being killed in the line of duty.(Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Dec. 25, 2022 at 2:15 PM CST
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FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (OCSO) - A motorcade will be held Monday at 2 p.m. to honor Corporal Ray Hamilton. The procession will leave Pensacola and take Highway 98 into Mary Esther.

From there, officials plan to travel from Doolittle to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Hurlburt Field Road and finally to Emerald Coast Funeral Home on Racetrack Road.

A Fort Walton Beach area man has been charged with first degree premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to authorities.

A Fort Walton Beach area man has been charged with first degree premeditated murder in the...
A Fort Walton Beach area man has been charged with first degree premeditated murder in the shooting death of an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputy, according to authorities.(OCSO)

Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office officials report they had obtained a warrant for Timothy Price-Williams, 43, on a domestic violence battery charge. However, we’re told Price-Williams refused to exit his townhome on North Park Boulevard in the Fort Walton Beach area.

The OCSO Special Response Team was summoned to try to negotiate with Price-Williams to give himself up peacefully. Several deputies, including Corporal Ray Hamilton, entered an area behind the backyard fence of the premises to help establish a safe perimeter.

Once they got into position, shots were fired from inside the home and Corporal Hamilton was struck. He was rushed to HCA Fort Walton Beach - Destin Hospital where he succumbed to his injury shortly after 3 p.m.

Price-Williams continued to refuse to exit, then came out in a manner that caused another deputy to fire on him, injuring Price-Williams in his right arm. He received medical attention at the hospital and was then transported to the jail on a charge of premeditated murder.