Latest Updates on Macedonia Shooting

By: Dana Arquilla
By: Dana Arquilla

Wednesday night's shooting was the result of a drug investigation that started earlier in the day at the Macedonia apartment complex.

Panama City undercover officers say they bought crack cocaine from 18-year-old Frank Jones. The buy was supposedly video taped.

Before the Panama City officers went back to Macedonia to make the arrest, they requested backup from Bay County deputies. But when officers approached Jones and two other men, they say they ran.

As the officers chased the trio, they say Jones turned and fired at them.

"As he ran away, he fired behind him several times and law enforcement returned fire and he was shot and injured."

Officers say they found the gun Jones supposedly used, a .40 caliber handgun, and a spent cartridge. But eyewitnesses have a different account.

"I didn't see a gun at all; I talked to his cousin, and he said he didn't have a gun, so I don't think he had a gun."

This is not Jones' first brush with the law. In the last six month, he's been arrested five times. The charges include principal to burglary, carrying a concealed firearm, attempting to elude a police officer, resisting arrest with violence, and violating house arrest one week after being sentenced to the program.

Neither local nor state authorities would comment on the shooting on Thursday. But late Thursday afternoon, sheriff's officials released the name of the deputy who shot Jones. He's special investigative unit member Steve Retherford. Retherford is on administrative leave, pending the outcome of the FDLE investigation.

At last word Frank Jones is still in intensive care at Bay Medical Center. He has not officially been charged with any crime.


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