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Police respond to shooting near Bay County Government Center

Published: Apr. 29, 2021 at 6:31 PM CDT
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PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) -

UPDATE 4/29/21 8:40 p.m.: The suspect has been identified as Michael Caleb Barrett, 38, of Springfield.

Michael Barrett of Springfield has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.
Michael Barrett of Springfield has been charged with attempted murder and aggravated battery.(Bay County Sheriff's Office)

Officials say it’s believed he took around $5,000 worth of valuables from a home in Callaway.

During the altercation, officials said Barrett aimed the gun at the investigator and pulled the trigger. However, they said the investigator was able to hold the slide mechanism on the gun to prevent it from firing.

He is facing attempted murder and aggravated battery charges.

Both he and the investigator are in the hospital in stable conditions.

UPDATE 04/29/21 8:08 p.m. : The suspect is reportedly in stable condition.

Officials say the investigator has been placed on administrative leave, a standard procedure in incidents like this.

Multiple law enforcement agencies responded to a shooting near the Bay County Government Center Thursday evening.

According to Bay County Sheriff’s Office officials, Sheriff Tommy Ford said around 5 p.m., an investigator was following up on a grand theft case out of Callaway.

He said the investigator called for backup prior to confronting the suspect. A fight allegedly broke out between both the investigator and the suspect, when officials said the suspect was able to get into the deputy’s holster and get his gun.

Officials said the suspect then struck the deputy in the face and a struggle followed. They said the deputy recovered the gun and fired one round, shooting the suspect.

The suspect was reportedly transported to a local hospital and is in critical condition.

This incident is currently under investigation.

As we learn more details, we will update you on-air and online.

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