Shooter in Panama City, Florida standoff
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[May 23, 2018]
(Reuters) - An armed man who
barricaded himself inside a Panama City, Florida, apartment complex on
Tuesday was found dead by authorities, officials said in a news
The suspect, identified as Kevin Holroyd, 49, fired multiple rounds at
officers from a second-floor apartment before he was found dead inside,
Tommy Ford, sheriff of Bay County where Panama City is located, told a
"We're just blessed that we didn't lose multiple officers and citizens
today," Ford said.
Another complex resident sustained a minor injury.
Holroyd was wanted in connection with a homicide investigation in nearby
Walton County, the Bay County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.
The homicide victim, 30-year-old Clinton Street, died from multiple
gunshot wounds before 9 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, Walton County Sheriff's
spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia said in a phone interview.
The homicide and active shooter incident were related, the Walton County
Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.
Fire officials received a 911 call about a gas smell at the apartment
complex, Ford said.
Officials tried to contact the suspect, who officials believe lived at
the complex, but he would not come to the door and began firing from the
apartment with a rifle, the sheriff said.
"Law enforcement officer's worst nightmare. Very difficult tactical
situation," Ford said, referring to shots being fired from an elevated
position. "Luckily none of the good guys were hurt."
Some officers, who were fired upon numerous times by the suspect, were
unable to move from behind vehicles because they would have been shot,
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People are seen crouching as live fire rounds are shot in Panama
City, Florida, U.S., in this still image obtained May 22, 2018 from
social media video. FACEBOOK / GERALDINE RINALDI /via REUTERS
There was a volley of gunfire as multiple law enforcement officers
returned fire and officials heard a muffled shot inside the
residence, Ford said.
A resident of the complex exiting her apartment because of the gas
call was struck by gunfire and is in stable condition, officials
said. She had a minor wound on her shoulder.
Numerous people were trapped in their apartments, Ford said. Armored
vehicles and SWAT team members were used to rescue them.
Ford declined to say more about Holroyd's death or gunshot wounds,
saying that circumstances were unclear and the Florida Department of
Law Enforcement is investigating. Officials also declined comment on
Gasoline was poured inside the residence and officials believe he
attempted to light a flare before finding him dead, Ford said.
Authorities used explosives to gain entry.
Panama City is located on Florida's panhandle about 80 miles (129
km) west of Tallahassee.
(Reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago; editing by Matthew
Lewis, G Crosse)
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