DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — Two more men have been arrested in connection with a drive-by shooting at a home on Hermitage Road last month, according to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the home July 17 after a report of shots being fired. No one was injured, but Thurston Smith and John Cox II were quickly arrested.
During the investigation in the weeks that followed, two more men were named as suspects after evidence found at the scene and additional interviews implicated Daniel Macias, 33, and his brother, 32-year-old Benny Macias as the masterminds behind the shooting, the Sheriff's Office said in a press release issued Wednesday.
Deputies discovered that Benny allegedly developed the plan for the shooting and Daniel provided the firearms to Smith and Cox.
Deputies obtained a search warrant and on Aug. 3 searched the home of Danial Macias at 60 Tyner Lane. He was arrested for allegedly violating his pretrial release on child porn charges from May.
Multiple firearms were found during the search of Macias' home. They included:
.22-caliber semi-automatic rifle
.12 gauge shotgun with 14 ½ inch barrel
.308-caliber semi-automatic rifle
.16 gauge semi-automatic shotgun
In addition, 19 types of rifle, handgun and shotgun ammunition were discovered. A smoke grenade was also found in a display case in the home. Eglin Air Force Base Explosive Ordinance Disposal assessed the smoke grenade and confirmed that it belonged to the military and not an item readily available to the public. Methamphetamine, clonazepam pills, cocaine and marijuana also were found.
Daniel Macias was charged Aug. 22 with four felony charges for possession of a firearm; two counts of possession of a controlled substance; possession of a short-barreled shotgun; 19 felony charges for possession of ammunition; and cocaine possession, among other charges. He was charged Aug. 30 with being a principal to the Hermitage Road shooting, which includes three felony charges of aggravated assault, shooting into a dwelling and criminal mischief.
Benny Macias was arrested Aug. 16 and charged with being a principal to the shooting on the same charges.