Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission officer Jason Marlow stopped a blue mid-sized car for a traffic violation just after 1:00 a.m. Monday morning, March 15 on Bob Pitts Road near the Santa Rosa-Okaloosa County line.
As Officer Marlow directed the two occupants of the car to remain inside the vehicle, several shots were fired in his direction. Marlow, who was not injured in the incident, returned fire as he ducked for cover. Two of the shots struck his patrol vehicle.
The task force is soliciting public help in solving the case. A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest of the individuals responsible for the shooting. The task force is actively pursuing all potential leads in the case, including several tips already provided by citizens.
The suspect vehicle is described as an older model, blue, four-door sedan, possibly a Chevrolet Cavalier or similar vehicle, apparently from the 1980’s or early 1990’s. No license tag was visible the night of the shooting. The car appeared to be occupied by two white males.
Anybody with information about such a vehicle in the vicinity of the communities of Holt or Harold in northern Okaloosa and Santa Rosa counties, or with any information that may be useful in this investigation, should call Wildlife Alert at 1-888-404-FWCC (1-888-404-3922), or Emerald Coast Crime Stoppers at 1-888-654-TIPS, or Santa Rosa County Crime Stoppers at 437-STOP. Callers will not be required to divulge their identity.