One man dead in Panama City home invasion

Deputies say a man broke through a glass door. (Bay County Sheriff's Office)
Deputies say a man broke through a glass door. (Bay County Sheriff's Office)(WJHG)
Published: May. 26, 2020 at 11:09 AM CDT
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UPDATE: 05/26/2020

5:40 P.M.

Around 6 a.m. Bay County deputies got a call about a man breaking and entering near the 2300 block of Mound Avenue.

Neighbors say a call like this is very usual for the area.

"It's uncommon, this is a nice people neighborhood, it don't make no sense," said Gary Woodring.

Woodring was staying at a friends house off Mound Avenue.

"My buddy got a phone call from a neighbor saying hey, the police are all along the road, everything's taped off, blocked off, what's going on," said Woodring.

Just five houses from Woodring, a homeowner encountered 31-year-old Georgia resident, Nathan Jerrell Edwards, who was staying at a nearby AirBnB.

Deputies tell us Edwards was seen walking erratically through the neighborhood.

"The homeowner was actually out in the driveway loading gas cans into his vehicle," said Bay County Sheriff Tommy Ford.

Deputies say the homeowner felt uncomfortable when he saw Edwards approaching him in a threatening manner, so he went inside.

"The homeowner then heard the front door crash and the subject basically crashed through the glass and entered the home. A female inside the residence was in the living room area on the couch and the subject attacked her," said Ford.

Deputies say that prompted the homeowner to go upstairs and grab a handgun.

They tell us he took shots at Edwards from the upstairs balcony of the home.

Edwards continued to attack the woman and the homeowner ran downstairs and fired more shots.

"Resulting in the death of the subject that broke in," said Ford.

Leaving neighbors surprised about the incident.

"I couldn't believe it, cause I've never known of any violence or anything happening around here in the year and a half that we've been here," said nearby neighbor, Ronald Collins.

Law enforcement found drugs at the AirBnB where Edwards was staying.

Four other in the rental are now facing drug and child neglect charges.

Deputies tell us the woman who was attacked has been released from the hospital.


One man is dead after a home invasion in Panama City Tuesday morning.

The incident happened on Mound Avenue in Panama City. According to an eyewitness, around 6 a.m. a man was walking erratically around the area.

Bay County Sheriff's Deputies say the man, identified as Nathan Edwards, 31, went up to a man outside of his home and because of the Edwards' behavior, the man felt uncomfortable and went back inside.

They say Edwards then broke into the home and started hitting a woman inside. The man then got a gun and fired several shots at the intruder, which killed him.

The woman was taken to the hospital by EMS for her injuries.

Deputies say both victims are in their 70s.

"Now it's just trying to get a timeline and just interviewing everybody that we can. Do a thorough canvas through the neighborhood and trying to get as much information as we can to make a decision," Captain of the Bay County Sheriff's Office Jason Daffin said.

The Bay County Sheriff Office is investigating the incident.

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