Shooting Claims Life of Panacea Man; Alleged Shooter Out on Bond

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"It's a scary thought really," said neighbor Eldon Hicks. "You know the thought of somebody might shoot somebody. Even that close to home."

Another neighbor, William Revell can't believe that the shooting occurred at 151 Otter Lake Road.

"[Griggs is] a good dude," said Revell. "There's not if's, and's or buts about it. I mean he would never do anything like that."

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office still won't release who shot Henley or how he was shot in one of the bedrooms. That's because the case remains under investigation."

Not all neighbors we spoke to say they're that shocked a shooting happened in the area.

"It's a pretty rough neighborhood and it doesn't surprise me at all," said a man only wanting to be referred to as Russ.

"I have confidence in the Wakulla County Sheriff's department that they have good detectives and I'm sure they'll get to the bottom of it."


Panacea, FL - October 8, 2012 - Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office detectives investigated a Panacea shooting incident that occurred at 1:27 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5 at 151 Otter Lake Road, according to Sheriff Donnie Crum.

During the incident inside a bedroom, a .25 caliber handgun discharged and struck Michael Todd Henley, 48, of Panacea in the head. Henley was transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he died on Saturday, Oct. 6.

Detectives determined that David Gordon Griggs, 51, of Panacea, who occupied the 151 Otter Lake Road home with Henley, was a convicted felon who was in possession of a firearm. Griggs was charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and transported to the Wakulla County Jail without incident. The firearm recovered at the scene was reported stolen from Tallahassee in 1989 by the Tallahassee Police Department. In addition, four other firearms were recovered in the Griggs home.

The case investigation is continuing and additional charges are possible. Griggs posted a $10,000 bond on Oct. 5 and was released from the county jail.

Lt. C.L. Morrison, Captain Randall Taylor, Lt. Danny Harrell, Major Shepard Bruner, Detective Lorne Whaley, Captain Chris Savary, Deputy Gibby Gibson and CSI Rae Eddens investigated.

Panacea, FL - October 5, 2012 - A Panacea man was seriously hurt in a shooting early Friday morning.

The Wakulla County Sheriff's Office says man was shot at a home on Otter Lake Road around 1:30 a.m.

The man was taken into Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. A spokesperson for WCSO described his injuries as 'serious.'

His alleged shooter was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

The Sheriff's Office is not releasing the names of either man at this time.

The Sheriff's Office says it's not sure if the shooting was intentional.

The two men were friends, according to WCSO.

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