MARIANNA, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and Jackson County Sheriff's Office says the death of a man Tuesday following a shooting looks to be a case of self-defense.
According to JCSO, during a family Christmas gathering in a home on Highway 2 east of Campbellton, Luke Edward Walker III pulled a gun and shot Annette Cotton, 55, point blank in the head before taking off into some nearby woods.
When he returned a short time later, he kept shooting at numerous people in the yard.
According to a statement from JSCO, several of Cotton's family members "began trying to prevent injuries of others and attempted to subdue Walker. At some point several family members struck Walker with a blunt object to stop the threat of further violence. Ultimately Walker was struck in the head which caused his death."
Cotton was rushed to a hospital in Alabama where she is in stable condition.
JCSO says the investigation is ongoing and will be forwarded to the State Attorney's Office for review.