Homicide Suspect Shot And Killed On I-10 In Tallahassee [GALLERY]

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By: Lanetra Bennett
July 8, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - A murder suspect opens fire on local law enforcement officers. The officers fire back killing the man.

Leon County Sheriff's Deputies say they were told to be on the look out for a murder suspect, and shortly after, they spotted him.

Deputies say they, along with Florida Highway troopers, followed this red Dodge Charger on Interstate 10 just before 2:00 Monday morning.

They say when they pulled it over on the eastbound Exit 199, the man inside started shooting.

LT James McQuaig with the Leon County Sheriff's Office says, "Employees from both agencies, the Florida Highway Patrol and the Leon County Sheriff's Office, returned fire on the target vehicle.
The suspect inside the vehicle was struck."

Deputies say the suspect died at the hospital. He was wanted for murder in Panama City, Florida.

Police say the suspect was seen leaving the Courtyard Marriott on 23rd Place after a 44-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man were found with multiple gunshot wounds around 10:45 Sunday night.

Police say the crime was not random and that the suspect targeted the victims. The officers in Leon County became his target once they tracked him down.

LT McQuaig says, "That's why we have to train the way we train. That's why we have to maintain a good level of physcial fitness, of psychological fitness, and we have to be ready to respond to meet those threats as they come in, sometimes at a second's notice."

The officers involved have been put on administrative leave with pay pending the investigation.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is assisting in the investigation.


Associated Press Release

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) -- Two people died following a shooting at the Courtyard Marriott in Panama City. And a short time later, police say the suspect was killed in a shootout with law enforcement on Interstate 10.

Police say the initial shooting took place late Sunday outside the hotel.

The News Herald of Panama City (http://bit.ly/13wAFTt) reports a 44-year-old woman and a 57-year-old man were fatally shot multiple times outside the hotel late Sunday. The suspect fled the scene.

Authorities say he was quickly identified and police believe he targeted the victims.

The suspect died during a shootout with law enforcement after he was stopped on Interstate 10 in Leon County.

The names of the shooter and the victims have not been released.

An investigation continues.

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Information from: The (Panama City, Fla.) News Herald, http://www.newsherald.com


By: Lanetra Bennett
July 8, 2013, 7:15 a.m.

The deputies involved have been placed on administrative leave with pay during the investigation.


By: Lanetra Bennett
July 8, 2013, 6 a.m.

The suspect is now dead.

LCSO says they are waiting to notify the next of kin before they can release the suspect's identity.

No law enforcement officers were injured.


At 1:17 AM the Leon County Sheriff's Office received a BOLO for a homicide suspect out of west Florida. Shortly before 2:00 AM, Florida Highway Patrol and LCSO set up position to look for the vehicle.

They spotted the vehicle, followed it and initiated a traffic stop on Interstate 10. Shots were fired by officers from both agencies. The suspect was shot and taken to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. He is in critical condition.

FDLE and Internal Affairs are on scene, near the eastbound I-10 off ramp on the Monroe Street exit 199. That exit was closed for a few hours in the early morning.

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