PANAMA CITY - Panama City Police Investigators are searching for a former state prison inmate they believe could lead them to more clues involving a Christmas morning shooting death. Officials say their investigation has led them to identify this person of interest.
Panama City Police Investigators are asking for your help to find 32 year old Stephen Trusty.
"Through interviews and talking to people in the community and through the course of the investigation, we developed him as a person of interest," said Sgt. Mike Brewer of the Panama City Police Dept.
They believe he could have valuable information about a Christmas morning shooting incident.
At 1 am Wednesday, the Panama City Police Department responded to reports of gun shots in the 500 block of East 13th Street.
In front of a nearby home, they found 56 year old Wilbert Angelo Faison laying on the ground injured. He was rushed to Bay Medical Sacred Heart, but didn't make it.
Investigators say holiday shootings don't happen often, but they have seen them before.
"As long as I've been a detective and a sergeant, I don't have any recall of any incident happening here in Panama City, but I know there's a history of it here in Panama City," said Brewer.
Officials aren't confirming if the shooting incident was accidental, but they do believe finding Trusty could help the investigation.
"Any information that anybody has leading to the whereabouts of Mr. Trusty, we would like for them to give us a call or even Mr. Trusty himself," said Brewer.
If you know where Stephen Trusty may be, you're asked to contact the Panama City Police Department at 872-3112. You can also report your tips anonymously to CrimeStoppers at 785-TIPS.