NEWS RELEASE                                             

For Immediate Release
April 12, 2009
Contact: Michele Nicholson
Public Information Officer
  (850) 651-7420


Thomas McCoy

      Regional law enforcement agencies are asking for the public's help in locating a Laurel Hill resident wanted in connection with the murder of a Baker man at Northwest Florida State College's Chautauqua Center in Defuniak Springs last Friday afternoon.

    A joint investigation into the fatal shooting of 38-year old Curtis Brown is underway, involving the Defuniak Springs Police Department, Walton County Sheriff's Office, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office, Valparaiso Police Department, State Attorney's Office, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and U-S Marshals Service.

    Investigators say anyone with information on the whereabouts of Thomas McCoy Junior should phone their nearest local law enforcement agency or call 850-951-4711. Do not attempt to make contact with McCoy, who is wanted in Walton County on an open count of homicide. He is considered armed and dangerous.

    Brown,  a former co-worker of McCoy, was at the Chautauqua Center Friday to work on a vending machine when he was shot in the chest.

    McCoy is believed to be driving a full-sized silver Dodge truck with Florida license plate L929RF. A decal of his company, Cold Drink, Inc., was located on the right rear window.