BCSO: Arnold Teen Killed in Drug Rip-Off

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. - Arrest reports for three Alabama men charged in the death of a Bay County teen Sunday morning reveal new details about the crime.

Bay County Sheriff's Investigators said Jason Ian Price, 16, an Arnold High School student, was shot and killed at the CVS Pharmacy in Panama City Beach shortly after midnight.

In arrest reports for the suspects, investigators wrote Price was at the store's parking lot with another teen who had set up a marijuana deal with the suspects.

Officials said the men were attempting to rob the other teen of drugs and other items at gunpoint when Demarcus Giddens, 21, of Auburn shot Price.

Giddens is charged with an open count of murder and armed robbery.

Co-defendants Rodney Jones, 18, and Gertavious Montrez Canada, 24, also of Auburn are charged with felony murder and armed robbery.

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The homicide victim has been identified as 16-year old Jason Ian Price.

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A 16-year-old Arnold High School student was killed in what homicide investigators are calling a drug rip-off. 

The incident happened shortly after midnight Sunday at the CVS on Highway 98 near the Hathaway Bridge. 

Deputies said in a news release they have arrested three people, 18-year-old Rodney Jones, 24-year-old Gertavious Montrez Canada and 21-year-old Demarcus Giddens. All three men are from Auburn, Alabama.

Jones and Canada are charged with felony murder and armed robbery. Giddens is charged with an open count of murder and armed robbery. Investigators said they believe Giddens did the shooting. 

"Our condolences to the family and friends of the victim. We will continue to vigorously fight violence in Bay County," Sheriff Tommy Ford said in a news release.  "Anyone who thinks they can come to our community and commit violent acts will be hunted until justice is served." 

 


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