Suspect in Panama City shooter situation confirmed dead
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WEAR) - One man is dead following a standoff with officers in Panama City.
Authorities say 49-year-old Kevin Robert Holroyd barricaded himself inside an apartment after a shootout with officers.
Law enforcement officials say the situation they were dealing with, a shooter using height as an advantage, is their worst nightmare.
“I heard a gunshot, which essentially, I instantly was like, ‘Nah, that can’t be.’ And I looked out my back sliding glass window and sure enough there were officers with rifles laying down in my backyard, aiming at the building across the way,” said Chris Massingill who lived at Briar Apartments.
Massingill lives only feet away from where all the action was happening. His apartment is one building over from that of Holroyd.
Bay County Sheriff’s Office said Holroyd was shooting from the second story and he was aiming at officers on the ground.
“Each exchange probably lasted 30 or 40 seconds and then there would be a lull in between. If I had to guess, I would say over 200 rounds were fired,” Massingill said.
The sheriff’s office says one person was shot as they were leaving the apartment, but we’re told that person should be okay.
Cars in the apartment’s lot were sprayed with bullets.
Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford says at one point one of his deputies and two officers from Panama City Police Department were trapped, using their vehicles as a shield from the bullets coming from above. They had to be rescued by an armored vehicle.
In a press conference, Ford said a situation like this is their worst nightmare.
“I just want to start out by saying we are very blessed today. This was every law enforcement officer’s worst nightmare. We were facing gunfire from an elevated target,” Sheriff Ford said.
SWAT teams from numerous agencies came to assist.
Ford said armored vehicles played a pivotal role in bringing this dangerous situation to an end. He said the actions taken by officers were heroic and that thankfully the “good guys” weren’t hurt.
Per protocol, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement is taking over the investigation since it is an officer-involved shooting.