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One charged with murder in recent homicides, others still at large

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Published: Jan. 26, 2020 at 2:57 PM CST
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With three killings in Bay County since late December, law enforcement officials say they have the homicides at the top of their lists. One suspect has been charged but others are still at large.

Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford said, "We're working very hard on those, we've been working with the Panama City Police Department, the Beach Police Department, all of our police departments on those murders. We're very committed to solving those."

The first was December 29 when Edward Ross was shot and killed in his home on Sunset Avenue in Panama City Beach.

Sheriff's officials say witnesses saw three black males push their way inside Ross' home.

The sheriff's office also released a video showing a possible person of interest.

Sheriff's officials say there is a lot of information to follow-up on concerning the people Ross knew and interacted with.

Across town in Springfield on January 10, Tania Baker was shot and killed outside her family's home on Bob Little Road.

Police say they believe it was a targeted incident and say they believe the suspect took a yellow Schwinn cruiser from the home.

On January 22, Tammie Ash was killed on Kraft Avenue. Panama City Police charged William Briggs with murder among other charges, and also charged Venus Harris and Calvin Peters Jr. for tampering with evidence.

Sheriff Ford says they believe drugs could be involved in some cases and are working to combat that issue as well.

He said, "We're actually working with the police departments right now on the street crimes unit. We're out working together to get some of the guns off the street and prevent some of the home invasions and homicides that we've had."

Sheriff and police officials ask if anyone has any information about the killings, to contact the Bay County Sheriff's Office, the Springfield Police Department, or Crime Stoppers at 785-TIPS.

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