Suspect in Stand Off Dies From Wounds

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PANAMA CITY-- UPDATE Monday, 10:15 a.m.:

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, Aaron Lepak, 40, died Sunday morning from his wounds.

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A man who held local law enforcement at bay for nearly two hours Tuesday is still in critical condition on Wednesday. Bay County Sheriff Frank Mckeithen shot Aaron Lepak as the two were negotiating Lepak's surrender in a motel room. Authorities are releasing more details about what happened inside of the room.

Forty year old Aaron Lepak is in Bay Medical Sacred Heart after being shot Tuesday afternoon.

He held Bay County Sheriff's SWAT members at bay for nearly two hours.

The incident started as deputies tried to serve an arrest warrant on Lepak at the Budget Inn off Highway 98.

He's accused of severely beating his wife last week in Springfield, leaving her paralyzed.

When Lepak refused to come out of his room, that's when the SWAT team was called in.

Sheriff Frank Mckeithen convinced Lepak to let him into the room.

The two talked for an hour and a half.

But authorities say Lepak's demeanor suddenly changed and he began waving his gun in the direction of the Sheriff.

"The Sheriff did draw his firearm, but he did not have his firearm out in the encounter. But when he felt that the situation was deteriorating, and fired several shots," said Major Tommy Ford, Bay County Sheriff's Office.

Bay County Sheriff's officials say preliminary evidence shows that after Lepak was shot, he shot himself.

Sheriff Frank McKeithen is on administrative leave, which is standard procedure for an officer involved in a shooting.

"The Sheriff is holding himself to the same policy that anybody else would do. We expect him to return shortly," said Ford.

Authorities conducted a critical incident review Wednesday afternoon.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement is handling the investigation, which could take months.

Bay Medical Sacred Heart officials say Lepak's wife has been transferred out of Bay County to a specialized rehabilitation facility.


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