NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
December 22, 2005
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer 
(850) 651-7420


A Fort Walton Beach man is charged with aggravated battery with a firearm following a shooting Thursday morning at 220 Cypress Street . Investigators with the Okaloosa County Sheriff 's Office say 27 year old Wallace L. Morris, Jr (pictured right), shot 23-year old Tremaine Douglas Knox (pictured left) in the lower right leg during a drug-related argument. The two men were apparently struggling over the weapon when Knox was shot. Deputy David Bowell spotted Morris in a car near the intersection of Hollywood Boulevard and Windham Avenue approximately ten minutes after the shooting. Morris was taken into custody without incident. A 45 caliber handgun was recovered from the suspect’s apartment off Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard . Knox was taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment.