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Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office deputies responding to an armed domestic related incident at a Wright area townhome around 6:30 a.m. Monday morning encountered the suspect inside the residence. After refusing to cooperate, the man ran to a bedroom to retrieve a weapon, and began firing multiple shots at deputies trying to subdue him. One deputy returned fire. The suspect, 58-year old Jose Antonio Medina of Panama City, was struck and died at the scene.

Thankfully both deputies who responded to the call were not hurt and the victim who had contacted the OCSO via 9-1-1 had no serious injuries.

“The deputy was forced to take action when Medina pulled a gun and fired at them. We are incredibly grateful both our deputies who responded to protect the homeowner were not harmed. This incident reinforces the inherent dangers law enforcement officers face on a daily basis, and also how critical their training is in handling situations which can unexpectedly turn violent and life-threatening in mere seconds,” said Sheriff Eric Aden.

The victim reported Medina, a prior boyfriend, had previously threatened to shoot and kill her, and refused to leave her home Monday, prompting her call to the OCSO.

As part of the standard protocol for use of force investigations, the deputies involved will be placed on administrative leave, with pay, pending the results of an investigation.