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August 20, 2003

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal shooting in the Sylvania Heights area this evening (Wednesday evening).

Deputies responded to the area of 217 Cypress Street a few minutes after 7:00 o'clock to reports of gunshots. Preliminary investigation has determined the victim, Demetris Levon Rudolph, age 22 (12-12-1980), of Fort Walton Beach, was shot by an assailant who approached on foot, then fled the scene in a blue van driven by another individual.

A friend of the victim attempted to drive him to the hospital, but stopped a few blocks down the road to summon aid. Rudolph was then transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center by ambulance; he was pronounced dead a short time after arriving at the hospital.

Details of the shooting remain under investigation. Anybody with information about the incident should contact the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office at (850) 651-7400 or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 863-TIPS (863-8477).

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for more information, contact Catherine Dokey, Assistant Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7153

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