Gulf County shooting suspect dead from self-inflicted gunshot wound

Gulf County Deputies are searching for Stephen Smith, 25, in connection with a fatal shooting in Port St. Joe on Monday.

August 21, 2019

GULF COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The suspect of a shooting in Gulf County Monday is dead after shooting himself in the head during a confrontation with law enforcement.

The Gulf County Sheriff's Office says the U.S. Marshals Task Force and local deputies observed Stephen Michael Smith, 34, in a vehicle traveling west on U.S. Highway 98 in Gulf County late Tuesday evening. Smith was wanted in connection to a shooting that took place Monday morning.

Officers stopped the vehicle at the intersection of Ivy Road and U.S. Highway 98 in Parker to apprehend Smith. With the vehicle surrounded by law enforcement, Smith then placed a pistol to his head and committed suicide.

The scene was secured and the Bay County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an investigation into the incident.

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By: Jarell Baker | WJHG News
August 19, 2019

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) — Gulf County Deputies are searching for a man in connection with a fatal shooting Monday morning.

They say Stephen Smith, 25, of LaGrange, Georgia shot Daniel Upton, 30, of Lakeland at a home on Sea Pines Lane around 10 a.m.

Upton was taken to a Panama City hospital where he died.

Smith is described as 5'10" weighing 170 lbs. He has brown hair and green eyes.

Smith is currently wanted for fleeing a work-release program in Georgia where he was serving a sentence for robbery.

If you have any information on his location, contact the Gulf County Sheriff’s Office at 850-227-1115, or you may remain anonymous by calling Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.

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