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( From the Panama City News Herald)
PANAMA CITY — Police who breached the door of an apartment where homicide suspect Kevin Holroyd holed up and exchanged gunfire with them earlier have found the suspect dead inside of the gasoline soaked dwelling, authorities confirmed.
Holroyd had shot at law enforcement and return fire was made, as well as shots fired as pinned down officers and neighbors were safely removed. No shots had been fired from the apartment following a volley a few hours ago during which neighbors were safely removed.
In the last update, law enforcement had breached the door at Briarwood Apartments and because of the gasoline are moving with caution.
While multiple shots were exchanged earlier around noon, no shots have been heard in the last two to three hours, including after the booming explosion that accompanied the breaching of the door. there is a report of one minor injury, an EMT who was grazed in the arm by a bullet.
Authorities say Panama City police officers were assisting Walton County Sheriff’s department in covertly watching Holroyd’s apartment and vehicle in Panama City, when they recieved a call of a chemical or gas leak in the building. When officers arrived to respond to the reports of a gas leak, the suspect open fired at about 12:30 p.m.
When he open fired, authorities say he pinned several officers in place with gunfire, leading the massive law enforcement response that has included Panama City Police, Panama City Beach out Police, Bay County Sheriff’s Office, Lynn Haven Police Department, Florida Highway Patrol, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officers, and Walton County Sheriff’s Department.
“I heard 20 or 30 shots then there was a pause, and then 15 minutes later there was another 20 or 30 shots and then it seemed like about 100 rounds going off,” said witness Cody Clemmons. “That was high-powered rifle power. That was no small arms fire. One of them sounded like a full blown cannon going off.”
The rounds of fire were both an exchange between the suspect and law enforcement, as well as cover fire to help extract the officers.
After that fire, the scene went quiet for about two hours. About half an hour ago, officers made a decision to breach the door, according to reporters on scene. To breach the door, police used an explosive device that echoed throughout the neighborhood. A second blast was heard at about 3 p.m.
According to the Northwest Florida Daily News, the Walton County Sheriff’s Office has identified Clinton Street, 30, as the victim in Walton County.
Update 3:00 p.m.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office has identified the man found shot to death in his South Walton home.
Clinton Street, who is 30, was killed Tuesday morning.
The suspect apparently fled to Bay County where he has been exchanging gunfire intermittently since about 12:30 p.m.
A neighbor, who did not want to be identified, told the Daily News that he heard a woman screaming at about 9 a.m. Tuesday.
He went outside and found the victim's fiance. He then went into the victim's house and called 911. He said he only found broken glass on the first walk through, but when he went through the house again, he found the body.
Street had been shot multiple times, according to the WCSO.
The woman told the neighbor that she had just returned from taking her daughter to school. No one else was home at the time of the shooting, according to the neighbor.
Update 2:30 p.m.
Law enforcement has gone quiet in the Panama City neighborhood where they are seeking a possible suspect in this morning's South Walton shooting.
According to the Panama City News Herald, shots were fired at the Briarwood Apartments at around 12:30 p.m. Witnesses reported hearing 20-30 shots at about 12:30 and a similar number about 15 minutes later. At around 1 p.m., they reported hearing about 100 shots.
Officials believe the shooter is still in the apartment complex.
One minor injury has been reported.
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Update 1:40 p.m.
The Walton County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that the discovery of a body in Walton County is connected to the active shooter investigation in Bay County.
The body was discovered inside a house at 219 White Heron Drive in South Walton, according to the Sheriff's Office.
In Panama City, the active shooter situation was taking place at the intersection of 23rd and Beck.
Law enforcement agencies were on scene. Scanner reports suggested EMS technicians were being shot at. One person has been reported with a graze wound.
Lawmen urged residents to stay away from the area.
Update 12:50 p.m.:
The Walton County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that units are on scene in Bay County assisting with an active shooter investigation.
The agency would not confirm whether that investigation was related to the discovery of a body in a South Walton home Tuesday.
The school district is monitoring the nearby Butler Elementary School closely and students are being kept inside.
Neighbors told the Daily News that the area is a safe, quiet neighborhood where everybody helps each other.
Update 12:30 p.m.:
SANTA ROSA BEACH — A body was discovered inside of 219 White Heron Drive in South Walton, according to the Walton County Sheriff's Office.
Several investigators are going in and out of the home, which is in a quiet residential neighborhood. The State Attorney's Office is on scene and the medical examiner is on the way.
The house is near Bay Elementary School and students there have been kept inside the school since mid-morning.
Authorities got the call about that body at about 10 a.m.
SANTA ROSA BEACH — The Walton County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a suspicious death on White Heron Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.
Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Corey Dobridnia said the crime scene is still active. Butler Elementary School, which is near the crime scene, is not on lockdown at this time, but students are being prevented from going outside.
The sheriff's office is taking extra precautions at the school.
We will update this story with new information as it becomes available.