Parker Shooting Suspect Faces Multiple Charges for Separate Crimes

PARKER, Fla. - The suspect in an early morning shooting in Parker is now in custody. We've learned the shooting wasn't the only violent incident allegedly caused by this man that day.

A Parker woman is recovering after being shot multiple times allegedly by Larry Sims.

"We're extremely pleased that the victim is doing well," said Dennes Hutto, Parker Police Chief.

The incident happened early Monday morning Parker Police said an officer driving down Highway 22A saw a woman run out of a home. Shots were fired, hitting the woman.

Sims ran from that scene, and while they were searching for him, officers learned that the Panama City Police Department was also searching for Sims.

According to a Panama City Police Report, Sunday afternoon an officer was on 7th Street responding to a call of a man walking around with a gun. While looking in the area, a woman flagged the officer down to say a man she considered a friend - Sims - pointed a gun at her, her boyfriend and multiple children inside her house.

The Sheriff's Office got involved Monday morning when they responded to an armed robbery near Walmart in Callaway shortly after the shooting in Parker. Sims is facing charges in that crime as well.

Sheriff's deputies along with Parker, Panama City and Springfield Police were looking for Sims all morning.

"He was brought in to the hospital reference to mental health, mental health issues. The hospital released him and we wound up taking him into custody," said Hutto.

Hutto added he's happy they were able to arrest Sims before anyone else got hurt. 

"That's a huge effort from all the law enforcement agencies in Bay County, as well. It was an all points bulletin and every one of us were working very diligently to try to take this person into custody," said Hutto.

Parker Police said so far they are charging Sims with attempted murder and armed burglary of an occupied structure with battery, but they expect to add more charges to that list along with charges from from other agencies as well.

The shooting was right across the street from Parker Elementary, but Superintendent Bill Husfelt sent out a tweet saying the shooting had nothing to do with the school and they had extra security there just out of an abundance of caution.


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