UPDATE: OCSO investigating apparent homicide at Shoal River Wayside Park

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UPDATE: July 11, 2021 9:14 p.m.

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office has named a suspect in connection to a homicide at Shoal River Wayside Park.

OCSO has named 22-year-old Johnny Ray Kirk as a suspect in a fatal shooting that took the life of an 80-year-old Crestview man.

Authorities responded around 1:30 Saturday afternoon when someone saw the man on the ground with what appeared to be blood.

Kirk has active warrants for homicide, carjacking, grand theft of a motor vehicle, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and aggravated elderly abuse.

Officials believe Kirk may be driving the victim’s 2007 red Nissan pickup with Florida tag PZHL01.

OCSO said Kirk is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If spotted, do not attempt to make contact.

Authorities are asking anyone with additional information on Kirk to call the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s at (850) 651-7400 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 893-TIPS.

Our previous version of the story is below.

UPDATE: July 10, 2021

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office is looking for 22-year-old Johnny Ray Kirk for questioning in connection with a homicide that took place around 1:30 Saturday afternoon at the Shoal River Wayside Park.

OCSO was looking for the victim’s truck but now they believe Kirk may be driving the victim’s 2007 red Nissan pickup with Florida tag PZHL01.

Kirk is considered armed and dangerous and has an active warrant for failure to appear for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon out of Walton County. Authorities said if you see him, do not attempt to make contact.

Authorities are asking if anyone has any additional information on Kirk to call the OCSO at (850) 651-7400 or contact Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS.

Our previous version of the story is below.

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) — Okaloosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Shoal River Wayside Park — also known as Duggan Park — after an individual spotted a man on the ground with what appeared to be blood.

OCSO investigator’s are asking for the public’s help in locating the victim’s 2007 red Nissan pickup truck. Authorities say the tag information is forthcoming.

Officials said anyone with information on the vehicle should call 911 or report it to your local law enforcement agency. They are also asking people to not make contact with anyone near the truck.

Authorities are asking anyone with information that could be helpful to the homicide investigation to call (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at (850) 863-TIPS.

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