[UPDATE] Shooting in Perry - Three Arrested

By: Candace Sweat Email
By: Candace Sweat Email

*** Update 10-5-2010 6:15 PM ***
Perry, FL - The Perry Police Department has made two additional arrests in the shooting incident that occurred on October, 1 2010 and the suspect shooter has been charged in the shooting. Michael Forbes is now facing addditinal charges , and now there are charges that have been filed against Tavariss Davis and Beverly Thomas.
Forbes has been charged with attempted 1st degree murder, possession of a firearm by a felon, and aggravated assault. Davis has been charged with accessory after the fact to attempted 1st degree murder. Thomas was charged with tampering/harassing a witness.
At this time the victim, is still being treated at a hospital in the Big Bend Area. He is in stable condition.

Anyone with additional information is urged to contact the Perry Police Department at (850) 584-5121

Pictures of the three people arrested can be seen by clicking on the phot icon above. The latest Perry Press Release has also been included.

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UPDATED by WCTV Staff on 10-2 at: 10:10am

The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says Michael J. Forbes Jr. turned himself in to deputies around 7:30 pm Friday, October 1.

He is being held in the Taylor County Jail on charges of selling cocaine according to the Sheriff's Office.

No word yet on charges from the shooting.

We will bring you more information as it becomes available.

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UPDATED on 10-01-10 by Candace Sweat at 8:15pm

LaMetris McBride says it felt like something out of a movie. And all she could do is watch as her husband was being shot.

"I heard this loud boom and I just stopped. Then I could hear Mark screaming for his mama," said McBride.

It happened around 10 Friday morning. The Perry Police Department responded to a shooting at 114 Joann Street. When they arrived, they found 37-year-old Mark Smith shot. Now police are looking Michael Forbes as the primary suspect suspect in the shooting.

McBride says it all happened so fast, but she still remembers every detail - especially when Smith's mother stepped in front of the gun to protect her son.

"He was just after him like just shooting at him as he was under the truck. My mother-in-law runs up to him like Mike what are you doing and starts tussling with him for the gun," said McBride.

McBride says Forbes and Smith knew each other and got along well as far as she knew, so can't imagine what this was all about.

"I really thought they were good friends. I'm just trying to put together, just trying to make sense of all this. I really can't understand, I still don't understand."

Smith was air lifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital where he is being treated for his injuries. His wife tells us he's in stable condition.
Perry Police are not yet revealing a motive in the shooting.

Anyone with information on Forbes' whereabouts are asked to call the Perry Police Department at (850) 584-5121.
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News Release - UPDATE (10-1-2010 7:20 PM)

At approximately 10:00 am October 1, 2010, the joint communications center of the Perry Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, received multiple 911 calls alerting law enforcement of a shooting incident within the City Limits of Perry. Moments later Perry Police Department Officers arrived at the scene of the incident located at 114 Joann Street. Upon arrival Officers and Detectives confirmed the initial reports and learned that one person had been shot and immediate aid was rendered to the victim. The victim was taken to Doctor’s Memorial Hospital and immediately air lifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. At the time of this press release the victim was being treated and no further information regarding his status is available. The Perry Police Department is currently following up on information regarding this shooting incident and it is apparent at this time the victim knew the suspect shooter ruling out a random act of violence.
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The identity of the suspect shooter has been released, Michael Forbes has been named and there are warrants for his arrest. Forbes is considered dangerous and everyone is urged to use caution if he is located. Anyone with any information concerning Forbes’ location is urged to call their local law enforcement agency or the Perry Police Department at (850)-584-5121.

Michael J. Forbes Jr
DOB 05/30/1987
Current Address UNKNOWN
There are active arrest warrants for Forbes at this time, warrants are charges unrelated to the shooting incident.

WCTV has included a picture of Forbes. Click on the photo icon above to see the picture.

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Perry, Florida --

At approximately 10:00 am October 1, 2010, the joint communications center of the Perry Police Department and the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, received multiple 911 calls alerting law enforcement of a shooting incident within the City Limits of Perry. Moments later, Perry Police Department Officers arrived at the scene of the incident located at 114 Joann Street. Upon arrival Officers and Detectives confirmed the initial reports and learned that one person had been shot and immediate aid was rendered to the victim. The victim was taken to Doctor’s Memorial Hospital and immediately air lifted to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. At the time of this press release the victim was being treated and no further information regarding his status is available. The Perry Police Department is currently following up on information regarding this shooting incident and it is apparent at this time the victim knew the suspect shooter ruling out a random act of violence.

As more information becomes available it will be released.

Anyone with information concerning this incident is urged to contact the Perry Police Department at (850)584-5121


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