Crestview man indicted on murder charge

Tony Byrd, Jr. was arrested in Atlanta in August in connection with a shooting from a month earlier that killed one person. (WJHG/WECP)

OKALOOSA COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - An Okaloosa County Grand Jury has indicted a Crestview man on the charge of first degree premeditated murder with a firearm.

In July, Tywon Tatum was shot and killed in Crestview. Witnesses say Tony Byrd, Jr. shot Tatum at close range during an argument. They say Byrd shot Tatum once in the chest then ran from the scene. Byrd was caught in August in Atalanta.

Byrd is also charged with trafficking in methamphetamine for selling 14.4 grams of meth to an undercover officer.

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August 30, 2019
The man wanted in connection with a murder in Crestview in July has been caught.

Police say Tony Byrd was arrested Friday in Atlanta, Georgia, by U.S. Marshals.

Police had considered Byrd armed and dangerous and say that proved to be true. They say when Byrd was arrested he had a gun on him.

Byrd was wanted in connection with the shooting death of Tywon Tatum, 32.

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July 8, 2019

CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - Crestview police are searching for a suspect in connection with a possible murder Monday evening.

They say Tywon Tatum, 32, was shot in the chest just after 6 p.m. on Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard near the intersection of Gordon Street. Police say Tatum was unresponsive when they arrived and was later pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say they're investigating the motive for the shooting.

They're looking for a person of interest, Tony Byrd, 21, in connection with the case. They say he was last seen wearing dark pants and driving off in a red car. Byrd has distinctive tattoos which include the initials “NFL” tattooed on his neck near his throat and a tattoo of cursive writing around his collar.

Police believe Byrd may be armed with a black pistol and he is considered to be dangerous.

If anyone knows his whereabouts, they are asked to avoid making contact with him and to immediately dial 911 or call the Crestview Police Department at 850-682-2055.

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