3 deputies, 1 officer shot in York County overnight

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Four South Carolina cops were hospitalized in the wake of being shot while reacting to an abusive behavior at home call late-Monday night, experts said.

Shortly after 10:00 p.m. EST on Monday, police were called to 3042 Farrier Lane just outside of York, S.C.to investigate a reported criminal domestic violence (CDV) incident.

By the time officers arrived at the home, the male suspect had already fled on foot, Faris said.

State Law Enforcement Division spokesman Thom Berry says gunfire from 47-year-old Christian Thomas McCall damaged the rear stabilizer of one of the agency's helicopters early Tuesday. It's where three @YCSO_SC deputies were shot during the hunt for a suspect early this morning.

Domestic violence calls are some of the most unsafe for police officers to respond to, according to research from the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. They were rushed to a nearby hospital.

"One officer was critically wounded and his situation is very critical at this time", he continued.

Faris described one officer as being in "very critical" condition. "We could really use your prayers", the York County Sheriff's Office said in a statement.

The sheriff says two hours later McCall ambushed York County Det.

The shooting happened about 1:30 a.m. Tuesday near York when officers responded to a domestic dispute, according to reports.

McCall, who was accused of assaulting a female, was shot during the encounter with police and is now in custody. Deputies aren't releasing the extent of their injuries, names or conditions.

A neighbor, Roger Gilfillan, said he was stunned to find out who might be involved. Gilfillan said McCall never appeared to cause any trouble.

Commentator Logan Kanipe said "Keep fighting;" Margarette Parrish said "Praying for all of these brothers in blue and their families;" Rhonda McSwain said "Many prayers for you and your family".

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department assisted by blocking roadways enroute to Carolinas Medical Center.

Benjamin Brown is a reporter for Fox News.