NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
January 30, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


      The victim in the accidental fatal shooting in Crestview Friday morning is ten-year-old boy Zachary Bass, the son of a Crestview Police Officer.

     Investigators say a hunting shotgun accidentally discharged while the victim's 15-year brother was playing with it inside their home.

     The Sheriff's Office was first notified of the shooting around 9:45 Friday morning. The Crestview Police Department has requested the S-O take over the investigation since it involves the children of one of their officers.

     Four children were at home at the time, but no one else was injured.

    The home address of law enforcement officers is confidential under Florida law.