Suspect Arrested in Fountain Shooting

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The man investigators suspect of shooting at a couple early this morning in Fountain has been taken into custody by the Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

Michael Z. Rivera is suspected of shooting Paul Wynn multiple times at Wynn’s home on Morrow Road this morning around 6:00. Wynn’s wife fled the home and even though Rivera shot at her several times she was not hit. She managed to get to a nearby relative’s home where a 911 call was placed. Paul Wynn and his wife, Lucinda, are still at a local hospital. Rivera and the couple have had a long term friendly relationship that has just recently soured because of an argument.

Information was developed that Wynn might be at 11617 Owenwood Road, just minutes from the home on Morrow Road where the incident occurred. Deputies and investigators arrived at the residence at about 12:30 and within minutes Rivera’s girlfriend arrived, allowed authorities to search the home, and then admitted Rivera was in the woods surrounding the home.

Rivera surrendered to deputies after she called out to him to come out of the woods. A search of the surrounding area revealed a Highpoint 9mm rifle-- the firearm investigators believe to have been used in the shooting-- concealed under a storage shed.

Rivera has been arrested and charged with two counts of Attempted Murder and Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Captain Harbuck informed News Channel Seven that the suspect, Michael Z. Rivera, was arrested just after 11 a.m. Monday in a wooded area in Fountain.

Harbuck said Rivera fled on foot, where he was apprehended without incident and immediately arrested. Rivera is currently being held in the Bay County Jail awaiting first appearance in court on Tuesday.
According to Bay County Sheriff's Office:
At about 6:15 this morning, February 2, 2009, a 911 call was placed to the Bay County Sheriff’s Office in reference to a shooting in Fountain.

Deputies responded to 20036 Morrow Road and found one of the residents, Paul Wynn, had been shot twice. EMS also responded and took Wynn and his wife, Lucinda Wynn, to a local hospital for medical attention.

Investigators determined that Wynn and his wife had been home this morning when a man they believe to be Michael Z. Rivera arrived and awoke the couple.

Paul Wynn went to the door and had conversation with Rivera before Rivera allegedly took out a firearm, shooting Wynn twice–once in the chest. Lucinda Wynn fled the home, running for help from nearby relatives. Investigators believe Rivera attempted multiple times to shoot Mrs. Wynn as she fled, but failed to hit her. Lucinda Wynn did reach the home of a family member and a 911 call was placed.

Investigators are looking for Michael Z. Rivera, DOB 7/15/82. He is believed to be driving a light blue Suburban with a Florida tag of 496 JZR.

Anyone with information on the location of Michael Z. Rivera is asked to call the Bay County Sheriff’s Office at 747-4700 or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.


A husband and wife are in a local hospital after an early morning shooting in Fountain.

According to reports, early Monday morning, Michael Rivera, allegedly pulled into the front yard of a residence at 20036 Morrow Road, just north of Fountain where he began honking his horn, until one of the homeowners, opened the front door.

The homeowner, Paul Wynn, opened the front door, and the two, began arguing.

Rivera, for unknown reasons at the time, pulled out a firearm from his vehicle and fired shots at Wynn.

Wynn's wife, fled the home to get help, and was allegedly shot at multiple times by Rivera.

Reports indicate she was unharmed. Both victims were taken to local hospitals to receive further treatment.

The condition of both victims is unknown at this time.

Rivera fled the scene in his green/blue Chevy suburban, his tag number is: 496-JZR.

Investigators are currently at the hospital to find out more about what happened and why. If you have any information on Rivera's whereabouts, please call the Bay County Sheriff's Office.

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