Florida: 1 injured as police exchange fire with suspect holed up in Panama City apartment complex

Police in Panama City, Florida, were engaged in a standoff with an active shooter they believed was barricaded inside an apartment complex at a busy intersection, with multiple shots fired, a city official said. One person sustained a minor injury, Panama City spokeswoman Caitlin Lawrence said in a phone interview.

Reuters May 23, 2018 02:06:11 IST
Florida: 1 injured as police exchange fire with suspect holed up in Panama City apartment complex

Police in Panama City, Florida, were engaged in a standoff with an active shooter they believed was barricaded inside an apartment complex at a busy intersection, with multiple shots fired, a city official said.

Florida 1 injured as police exchange fire with suspect holed up in Panama City apartment complex

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One person sustained a minor injury, Panama City spokeswoman Caitlin Lawrence said in a phone interview.

"Multiple shots have been fired," Lawrence said.

Local media reported a large police presence at the complex. Bay County Sheriff's Office and Panama City Police Department responded to the scene, sheriff's spokeswoman Ruth Corley said in a phone interview. Panama City Beach Police Department and the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission also responded, Lawrence said.

Local media footage showed several officers with weapons drawn taking cover behind cars. What sounded like gunshots could be heard as a local television reporter conducted a live interview with a witness who said he had heard gunfire.

Panama City is located on Florida's panhandle about 80 miles (129 km) west of Tallahassee.

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