Two Okaloosa County Deputies Shot and Killed

By: Josh Gauntt Email
By: Josh Gauntt Email

Okaloosa County Sheriff's investigators say Joshua Cartwright shot two of it's deputies just after 1:00 Saturday afternoon at the Shoal River gun club just east of Crestview.

Deputy Warren "Skip" York and Deputy Burt Lopez were life-flighted to a hospital in Pensacola and later died. The shooting stemmed from a domestic dispute between Cartwright a female earlier in the day.

The two deputies tracked him to the gun club where they planned to arrest Cartwright.

"At some point the suspect pulled his weapon and shot both of our deputies," Michele Nicholson, Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer said.

Investigators say after the shootings, Cartwright fled the scene headed east on U.S. Highway 90. Deputies placed spike strips in the road to stop the chase.

Investigators say the deputies chased the suspect's car into Walton county and that's when they say they flipped his vehicle.

"When the vehicle was upside down, he started shooting out the back window," Nicholson said.

Walton County deputies returned fire, killing Cartwright.

The deaths of these two deputies come nine months after Deputy Anthony Forgione was shot and killed.

Forgione was the first Okaloosa County deputy in the department's history to die in the line of duty.

"It doesn't get anymore traumatic than losing any officer. Today we have 2 officers we've lost. It's like being punched in the gut, but the people here will put together and try to get through this," Nicholson said.

That means trying to find a reason behind Cartwright's deadly rage, and mourning to loss of Deputies Warren "Skip" York and Burt Lopez.


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