Okaloosa domestic violence suspect shot dog, threatened family before taking his own life, OCSO says
FORT WALTON BEACH — A domestic violence suspect took his own life Sunday morning after his wife reportedly escaped from their home with a young child and ran to a neighbor’s house for help.
The victim went to her neighbor’s home on Lloyd Street near Fort Walton Beach about 3 a.m. according to an Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office news release.
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The victim reportedly told her neighbor that her husband had battered her, shot one of the family’s dogs and held a firearm near her head, causing her to fear for her life. The child, under 10 years old, was not injured.
“He was dragging her around by the neck to the point where she was having difficulty being able to breath,” said OCSO spokeswoman Michele Nicholson.
The woman and child managed to escape and OCSO deputies were called to the scene. A family member of the suspect contacted with him over the phone and the OCSO Special Response Team tried to talk to him.
After numerous attempts to get the suspect to surrender, SRT members made entry into the home and found the 30-year-old man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, OCSO reported.
The investigation is ongoing and no further information was available Monday morning.
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This is a developing story. More information will be released when it becomes available.