UPDATE: The suspect has been identified as Kevin Robert Holroyd. Two sources confirm to us that Holroyd is dead.
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According to the Walton County Sheriff’s Office, Holroyd is a suspect in a homicide investigation from earlier today in Walton County. According to the WCSO, 30-year-old Clinton Street was found with multiple gunshot wounds at a residence on White Heron Drive in Santa Rosa Beach.
Law enforcement officials in both counties were working together to locate Holroyd in Panama City. When BCSO deputies arrived at the Briarwood Apartment Complex on Beck Avenue, an unknown number of shots were fired according to Bay County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Ruth Corley.
BCSO deputies were joined by members of the BCSO SWAT team, the Panama City Police Department and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad breached an area where the suspect was possibly located with an explosive device. The suspect had barricaded the door from the inside.
More details will be released as they become available.
EARLIER: Police from multiple agencies have responded to an active shooter situation at 23rd Street and Beck Avenue.
The situation is ongoing as of 12:05 p.m. Walton County SWAT and deputies are on scene as well. Walton County officials are investigating a homicide that happened this morning in Santa Rosa Beach. It is unclear at this time if the two are connected.
According to City of Panama City Public Information Officer Caitlin Lawrence, there has been one civilian who received a minor injury and has been taken to a local hospital. No first responders are reported to be injured.
Bay District Schools has locked down St. Andrews School on Beck Avenue and Lucile Moore Elementary School on Michigan Avenue as a precaution. In addition, Covenant School on Frankfurt Avenue is also on lockdown.
According to Bay District Schools, busses for St. Andrews, CC Washington, Rosenwald, Lucille Moore, Oakland Terrace and Bay High will run as scheduled. If a bus stop is inaccessible, the bus will return the student to school and be supervised until parents can pick them up. In addition, Bay County Sheriff’s deputies are escourting busses in the area on their routes to drop off students.
Club for Kiddies on Beck Avenue between 19th Street and 15th Street is on lockdown but parents can pick up their children if they come from 15th Street.
Boys and Girls Club of Bay County. The CC Moore Unit is currently on lockdown. Students that attend northside, Lynn Haven, Oakland Terrace and Hiland Park will be bussed to Chapman Unit on 23rd Street.
All of the other kids that get bussed from Bay District Schools will not be dropped off at CC Moore on 19th street. Instead they will be taken to the Chapman Center on the corner of 3rd Street and Everitt avenue.
The daycare center is urging parents to come pick up their children as soon as possible.
We will have more information as it becomes available.