Deputy Shoots And Kills Armed Suspect Inside Highway 97 Home

January 26, 2019

A man was shot and killed in an officer-involved shooting Friday night in Davisville.

The Escambia County Sheriff’s Office responded to a welfare check about 8:35 p.m. at a home in the 10000 block of Highway 97, about one mile south of the Alabama state line. A relative not at the residence told dispatchers that an armed family member was threatening to kill another family member.

Deputies arrived on scene, and the armed suspect refused commands, Escambia County Chief Deputy Chip Simmons told NorthEscambia.com on the scene Friday night. The man then raised his firearm in the direction of the deputy, forcing the deputy to fire his weapon. The man was struck  three times from the weapon fired by a single deputy. He was pronounced deceased on the scene.

The shooting occurred inside the man’s home.

There were no law enforcement injuries, and the other family member on scene was not injured.

Per ECSO policy, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is investigating the officer involved shooting. The officer will be placed on administrative leave, as is standard procedure, according to Simmons.

The adult male’s identity has not been released.

The Walnut Hill Station of Escambia Fire Rescue, Escambia County EMS and LifeFlight were also dispatched to the scene. EMS and LifeFlight were canceled prior to arrival.

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Comments

15 Responses to “Deputy Shoots And Kills Armed Suspect Inside Highway 97 Home”

  1. col on January 27th, 2019 10:02 am

    to: truth + 10. law enforcement did not win. they did what had to be done. no one won.

  2. col on January 27th, 2019 9:59 am

    I love this family. The person who called had no choice. No one knows what would have happened had they not called. One does not have time to think about it. The person. who died was a friend but sadly he made a choice, one that cost their own life. Thank God the other family member is alive. Things may have been even more tragic had this one family member not made that call. It certainly is NOT their fault but the one who died is the one accountable. The police did the only thing they could.

  3. Wow on January 27th, 2019 5:55 am

    I guess I should have said the family may second guess their decision to call the deputies, and wonder if the situation could have been de-escalated without this happening… it’d be a natural thing to have those thoughts if it happened to any of us and a member of our own family. I meant it respectfully, and was saying I do feel for them. I didn’t know him personally but have a lot of friends who know him and his wife, and it’s a tragedy for all involved.

  4. billy on January 27th, 2019 3:26 am

    Hey God bless you Deputies…..tough job……..Im praying for you guys……….Love ya

  5. Gary on January 26th, 2019 5:28 pm

    The family should not feel guilty at all. They did the right thing. The family probably saved a lot of innocent lives. Prayers to all.

  6. Billy Gates on January 26th, 2019 11:25 am

    Good job LEO, you were given no other choice but to respond to a obvious threat. No human likes to take another humans like but at times you are not given any other choice. The individual should have followed verbal commands.

  7. Shay on January 26th, 2019 11:14 am

    @niknak50

    I don’t think his/her comment was anything but compassion for all involved. Believe it or not there are a lot of people who wouldn’t have called the police. Sad situation all the way around.

  8. 429SCJ on January 26th, 2019 9:52 am

    Never draw your weapon, unless you are ready to go all the way.

    Great work ECSO Deputy.

  9. Stephanie on January 26th, 2019 9:40 am

    This is a very close family member I am saddened by the death of my uncle and for the officers involved please keep my gay in your prayers

  10. Niknak50 on January 26th, 2019 7:59 am

    Re: wow. How guilty would the family feel if they had NOT called the law and the gunman killed any and all he could kill?

  11. Trocarman on January 26th, 2019 7:02 am

    Great job ECSD!

  12. Truth+10 on January 26th, 2019 2:14 am

    Law enforcement wins again. Sad situation but what do you expect when you go up against the long arm of the law. They have families as well. Great job law enforcement and sorry for the individuals involved. Sad day for the family but great display of discretion and judgment by the deputy on duty.

  13. Wow on January 26th, 2019 1:30 am

    Bad situation for everyone…. the officer, the family who will now feel guilty for calling the cops, and the person who ended up dead… very sad for all of them.

  14. Jeannie P. on January 26th, 2019 12:27 am

    Prayers for all involved!

  15. Howie on January 26th, 2019 12:23 am

    You threaten to kill, it may be you that is killed. That’s this scenario. Glad no other injuries occurred.

    Proud of Law Enforcement. It takes a lot of guts to do their jobs.





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