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November 16, 2002

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The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office is investigating a disturbance at a lounge that has resulted in a shooting death. The victim's identity is not yet available.

The Sheriff's Office was initially called to the Paradise Lounge, 724 N. Eglin Parkway, at 2:17 this morning (Saturday morning), where management reported having ejected some individuals for suspected drug activity on the premises.

Shortly thereafter, a disturbance erupted at an empty lot across the street from the lounge, near the south end of the Shalimar Bridge. As Deputies approached that disturbance, gunshots were heard at 2:38 this morning (Saturday morning); one man was fatally injured, and shots were also fired at the responding Deputies. The suspect in the shooting was taken into custody at the scene. No Law Enforcement Officers were injured in the incident.

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for more information contact Rick Hord, Public Information Officer

(850) 651-7420

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