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Shooting homicide suspect arrested

Published: Jul. 30, 2020 at 7:04 AM CDT
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PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - UPDATE 07/30/2020 4:05 p.m.:

A man is dead after a shooting in Panama City Beach Thursday morning.

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies say around 4:47 a.m., they responded to the Cabana West Apartments. They say when the arrived, they found Robert Butler, who had been stabbed, and another person, who had been shot, dead.

Deputies say the man they found dead was Samuel Hassler. They say Hassler was known to the occupants of the apartment and had gone over to talk to his girlfriend who was staying there. They say Butler and Hassler argued after Hassler went into his girlfriend’s room. Investigators believe that’s when Butler shot Hassler, killing him.

They say after Hassler was shot, his girlfriend was in fear of her life, and cut Butler with a knife several times before leaving the apartment.

Investigators say Hassler had stayed at the apartment several times in the past and was well know by Butler.

Butler, 58, was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder with a firearm.

Robert Butler was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder with a firearm.
Robert Butler was arrested and charged with 2nd degree murder with a firearm.(Bay County Jail)

UPDATE 07/30/2020 11:54 a.m.:

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies have confirmed this shooting is a homicide. They say more details will be released when next of kin is notified.

Law enforcement is investigating an apparent shooting at an apartment complex in Panama City Beach early Thursday morning.

Bay County Sheriff’s Office officials say the incident happened sometime around 4:30 a.m. at the Cabana West Apartments near Alf Coleman Road. Deputies were unable to comment about whether or not anyone was injured. However, officials did say those involved in the incident are currently being questioned.

Bay County deputies say they believe this is an isolated incident, and there is no threat to the general public.

We will continue to update this story when more information becomes available.

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