Victim identified in Fort Walton Beach murder, deputies say killing of suspect was “justifiable”

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UPDATE: Dec. 18 – Law enforcement say the woman shot and killed Tuesday afternoon is 35-year-old Edith Cardona Cantu. She was shot numerous times in the upper body. Seven casings were collected at the scene. Cantu died at the hospital. Law enforcement say the suspect, 27-year-old Clyde Sullivan, drove away from the scene on Walter Martin Boulevard. They say he admitted to relatives to shooting Cantu. Deputies spotted Sullivan’s vehicle a short time later. Authorities say there was no pursuit. They managed to box Sullivan’s vehicle near Lewis Turner Boulevard. Deputies say the suspect pulled out a gun and fired a shot at them. Four of the eight deputies on scene fired their weapons at him at the same time striking Sullivan multiple times. The sheriff estimates about 40 rounds were fired in about three seconds. He died on the scene. Body cameras show Sullivan did pull out a gun on deputies, The gun has been identified as a .45 caliber handgun and shell casings were found in Sullivan’s vehicle. Sheriff Larry Ashley says the numerous body camera videos show the use of force used by his deputies was justifiable. The deputies involved in the shooting are currently on administrative leave per policy. Autopsies for Cantu and Sullivan are underway.

Cantu and Sullivan knew each other from work at Dan Sullivan Insurance. Clyde Sullivan is the son of the owner. Law enforcement say mental health may have played a factor in the violence.

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has released the following information:

Clyde Jacob Sullivan

A suspect in a Fort Walton Beach murder located by Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies died Tuesday afternoon in an officer-involved shooting.
Deputies say the suspect, 27-year old Clyde Jacob Sullivan, pulled a gun after they boxed him in with their vehicles.
Sullivan was spotted by deputies following a BOLO sent out by the Fort Walton Beach Police Department in connection to a woman being shot and killed outside a business on Walter Martin Boulevard a short time earlier.
They saw him on Timberlake Trailhead Road off Lewis Turner Boulevard, where deputies positioned their cars so he could not escape. He was shot after pulling a firearm and pointing it towards a deputy.
Per standard protocol, the deputies involved in the incident will be placed on administrative leave with pay pending an administrative review.
The Fort Walton Beach Police Department is handling the investigation into the initial shooting.
A joint news conference is scheduled for Wednesday.

Original story

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WKRG) — The Fort Walton Beach Police Department and Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office are investigating two shootings that happened Tuesday afternoon. The shootings are connected, according to Fort Walton Beach police.

The FWBPD responded at about 1 p.m. to a report of “shots fired” near 25 Walter Martin Road in Fort Walton Beach.

When officers arrived, they found a woman with multiple gunshot wounds. The woman was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center but did not survive her injuries. Her name has not yet been released.

The shooter fled in a Toyota SUV, and the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office pursued the suspects, according to the sheriff’s office. Shots were fired and the suspect is deceased. No deputies were injured.

More details are expected to come later. This is a developing story and we will update it when more information becomes available.

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