WESTVILLE - Details are slowly coming in regarding the office involved shooting that took place Wednesday afternoon on Rum Road in Holmes County.

Holmes County Sheriff John Tate confirms the suspect threw a homemade fire bomb and fired a weapon in the moments before he was shot by a Holmes County Sheriff’s Deputy.

Deputies responded to the Westville residence in reference to a domestic disturbance. When officers attempted to make contact with the suspect, he threw the fire bomb and retreated into a room in the house where he armed himself, busted out a window, and fired at deputies. 

Deputies returned fire. Once several more units arrived, entry was made into the residence. The suspect, who had been hit by the deputies’ shots, was located and air lifted to Southeast Medical Center in Dothan.

At last report, the suspect, whose name has not yet been released was listed in critical condition and undergoing surgery for his injuries.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is on scene and is investigating the incident.


The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office confirms an officer involved shooting took place this afternoon on Rum Road. 

Few details are known at this time, but Sheriff John Tate states a press release is forthcoming. 

HCSO also confirms no officers were harmed, but the suspect was transported to Southeast Alabama Medical Center in Dothan where he is listed in critical condition. Check back here for more details as they are released.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been called in to investigate.