Birmingham man killed in Panama City shooting
PANAMA CITY – Deputies from the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are currently investigating circumstances surrounding the death of a Shelby County man in Panama City.
According to a report from the WCSO, the body of 30-year-old Clinton Street of Birmingham was discovered on the afternoon of Tuesday, May 22, at a residence on White Heron Drive. Authorities rules Street’s death a homicide and confirmed that Street had been fatally shot.
At approximately 3 p.m. on May 22, authorities announced that the suspect believed to be responsible had been identified by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.
The BCSO identified and located Kevin Robert Holroyd, 49, of Panama City, at his residence on Beck Avenue. According to the BCSO, they and the Panama City Police Department were on the look out for Holroyd when they located his vehicle at his townhouse at Briarwood Apartments and began conducting surveillance to determine if he was inside,
Shortly after, another Briarwood Apartments resident reported the smell of gas. Once firefighters arrived on the scene and police approached the them to find out why they were there, the BCSO stated that Holroyd began shooting at investigators and firefighters from an upstairs window in his residence.
According to the BCSO, officers exchanged gunfire and an estimated 100 rounds were shot during the altercation. The BCSO stated that officers “were in a dangerous tactical situation due to the fact he was firing from an elevated, second story window.”
The BCSO Bomb Squad breached the front door used an explosive technique to breach the front door of the house and found that the doorway had been barricaded from the inside. A robot was used to break the sliding glass door at the back of the townhouse, and a multi-agency SWAT team was able to enter the house through an upstairs window using an elevated platform from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office’s BearCat armored vehicle.
Once authorities were able to enter the residence, they found Holroyd deceased and the house saturated with gas. It is currently unclear how Holroyd died.
Authorities also discovered flares that Holroyd may have intended to ignite the gas with, hundreds of rounds of ammunition, several high powered rifles. Holroyd’s body was also wearing body armor when discovered.
Walton County Sheriff Michael Adkinson said the arrest would not have been possible without the collaboration between all of the agencies involved.
“We are very grateful that multi-agency cooperation was able to quickly resolve this issue without any further loss of life. The officers and deputies involved faced a shooter from an elevated position firing hundreds of rounds threatening the public and their fellow law enforcement,” Adkinson said.
During the altercation, first responders worked to evacuate Briarwood Apartments residents.
Two PCPD officers were pinned behind their vehicles and rescued by an armored vehicle from the BCSO, and multiple patrol vehicles and equipment were damaged as the result of the gunfire.
The BCSO stated that an EMS worker was grazed by a bullet. According to Adkinson, no one from the WCSO was killed or injured.
“We are extremely blessed none of our officers or deputies were injured,” Adkinson said
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