Destin nightclub shooting death suspect cleared due to justifiable homicide

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DESTIN, FL – A shooting outside a Destin nightspot that claimed the life of a Crestview man in May has been closed, deemed justifiable homicide by the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office.

The State Attorney’s Office reviewed and approved the findings. A 26-year old died from a single gunshot wound to the torso after being involved in a physical fight that broke out after the club closed in the early morning hours of May 21st. Witnesses say he then got out from a vehicle recklessly firing a weapon in multiple directions.

A 22-year old Montgomery Alabama man and his friends were in the immediate area where the rounds were being fired. That man told OCSO investigators he fired six to seven shots in return because he was concerned for his safety and the safety of his friends.

He also said he was unaware anyone had been hit until his interview with OCSO Investigators. One individual captured scenes from the incident on his cell phone. Investigators say the video helped corroborate witness statements, as well as the physical evidence recovered from the scene. The OCSO would like to thank the witnesses and citizens who came forward with information on the case to assist in the investigation.

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