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Man Killed During Armed Disturbance in Destin Identified

A gunman killed after he fired at Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies September 21st in Destin has been identified as 45-year old Berlin Gonzales. Deputies were called to Sailmaker Lane in Destin after getting reports of an armed disturbance at a home under...

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Officer Involved Shooting Update

Sheriff Eric Aden today praised the composure and training of Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies confronted by an armed man who fired shots during a domestic violence related incident in Destin Wednesday. When the 45-year old suspect fired at two deputies who...

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Armed Disturbance Leads to Officer Involved Shooting

One person is dead after deputies responding to a call of an armed disturbance encountered a man chasing a woman inside the Regatta Bay Community in Destin. No deputies were injured. Investigators say it appears to have been a domestic violence situation, with the...

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Aqua Alert Launch

A new missing boater public alert notification system to aid in the search for missing/endangered boaters and kayakers has now been launched as the result of a collaborative effort between the City of Destin, the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, and the Okaloosa...

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Man Charged After Attempted Carjacking at FWB Restaurant

A young employee outside a Fort Walton Beach area restaurant rushed to help a screaming woman holding a baby this afternoon after a man grabbed her keys and tried to take her car. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 43-year old William Branch of DeFuniak...

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Student Charged with Sending Written Threat

A Fort Walton Beach High School student is charged with sending an electronic message of himself holding a knife and threatening to kill another student. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 15-year old Lincoln Wathen with sending a threat to kill or...

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Student Charged with Aggravated Assault

A student at Choctawhatchee High School was taken into custody today after a classmate reported he threatened her verbally and with a pocketknife. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 15-year old Miles Veech with possession of a weapon on school property...

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Three Arrested After Pursuit of Reported Stolen Car

Three people face various charges after Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies pursued and stopped a stolen car fleeing from the Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office into Okaloosa County Monday night. The car, a 2014 Honda Accord, had been reported stolen out of Fort...

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Crestview Area Man Faces Aggravated Stalking Charge

A Crestview area man is in custody following an Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office investigation into reports he threatened the life of his girlfriend and her family. commandeered her social media accounts, and violated the conditions of a domestic violence protection...

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Local Man Expected to Survive Three Stab Wounds

A Fort Walton Beach area man is recovering from three stab wounds after he was attacked at a home off Pinewood Trace Saturday evening. The 31-year old victim was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery. He is expected to survive. 24-year old...

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Colorado Man Charged with Robbing FWB Convenience Store

A Colorado man was taken into custody Tuesday for the robbery of a Fort Walton Beach area convenience story August 14th. The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office has charged 38-year old Ryan Cardwell-Belshe of Colorado Springs with robbery without a weapon. Investigators...

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Mary Esther Man Charged with Theft from Luggage

An investigation launched after the Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Airport Security Unit became aware of suspicious activity ultimately led to the arrest of a Mary Esther man in connection with items stolen from luggage at Destin-Fort Walton Beach Airport. 19-year...

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