CHIPLEY — A man was shot to death by local officers when he refused to drop his weapon near Alligator Creek off of State Road 90 on the last night.
According to the report, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office received a call from Holmes County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a suspicious male walking along Hwy 90, near the Washington/Holmes County line, holding what appeared to be a rifle.
Officers with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area and observed a man fitting the description walking with the weapon in his hand. When officers passed the male suspect, he raised and pointed a weapon at officers who took evasive action and called for additional units to assist, according the report.
The suspect then fled into a wooded area, and additional officers responded to assist, including those from both the Holmes County Sheriff’s Office and Bonifay Police Department.
After numerous requests for the suspect to surrender to officers, he proceeded to leave the woods, advancing with his weapon pointed at officers. This was followed by several additional attempts to have the suspect surrender and drop his weapon.
According to the report, the suspect continued to advance, prompting shots to be fired by officers. EMS pronounced the suspect dead on scene.
FDLE, with their assisting crime lab team, was immediately contacted and are leading the investigation at this time.
The victim’s name is being withheld pending family notification.