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One dead after shooting in Southport, suspect arrested after manhunt

Published: Mar. 31, 2021 at 11:09 AM CDT
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SOUTHPORT, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A Southport man is dead after a shooting Wednesday morning.

Bay County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a home on Ronnie Drive in Southport around 6:30 a.m. They say they found Bryan Anderson, 44, dead with multiple gunshot wounds.

Deputies identified the suspect as Jeremiah Beazley, 44, of Panama City. A witness reported Anderson and Beazley were fighting when the shooting happened.

After the shooting, deputies say Beazley ran from the scene, leading to an hours-long manhunt in the area around Ronnie Drive.

Sheriff Tommy Ford said Beazley caught a ride to a local park just a few blocks from the shooting. Ford said deputies received a tip about the same car being spotted outside a home on Jeffery Road.

“That was actually the best lead we had at the time so we responded in a tactical manner. We felt that he was armed and dangerous. We were able to make contact fortunately he surrendered and didn’t give us any problems,” Sheriff Ford said.

Beazley was put into custody at around 9:30 a.m.

The Bay County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations, Crime Scene, Special Investigations, additional Patrol deputies, K9 Unit, and Air Unit responded to the area, as well as the U.S. Marshals.

“We’ve had a long history with him. Drug-related charges, battery on a law enforcement officer, fights with law enforcement and things like that,” Sheriff Ford said.

Beazley is charged with an open count of murder and felon in possession of a firearm.

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