Shooting at Panama City Port, suspect arrested

Published: Sep. 2, 2022 at 2:27 PM CDT
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Panama City Police Officials have charged Darious Thornton, a truck driver from Georgia, with one count of aggravated battery, intentionally or knowingly causing great bodily harm with a deadly weapon, after a shooting at Port Panama City.

Officers say they responded to a report of shots fired at Port Panama City, around 1:30 p.m. The Bay County Sheriff’s Office, and Custom and Border Patrol also responded to the scene.

The Panama City Police Chief Mark Smith said, Thornton, got into a disagreement with a port worker while backing his truck on port property. It’s reported the two separated but the victim allegedly approached Thorton for a second time.

Chief Smith said that Thornton pulled out a gun and fired multiple shots, hitting the victim three times. The victim was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Thortnton has been booked in the Bay County Jail.

The shooting remains under investigation.

Anyone with information, in this case, is asked to contact the Panama City Police Department.


A suspect has been taken into custody after a shooting occurred at the Panama City Port.

According to Panama City Police Chief Mark Smith, the incident was caused after two individuals were in an argument that escalated.

One victim was sent to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Officials say the investigation is currently ongoing. We’ll continue to have more details as they become available.