August 15th, 2011, members from DeFuniak Springs Police, Criminal Investigation Division (CID) responded to 585 Lakeview Drive located in the city limits of DeFuniak Springs Florida, in reference to an accidental shooting.
DeFuniak Springs Police Detectives arrived on scene to find State Probation already present. It was revealed that Probation had received an anonymous tip that probationer Bryce Jones had accidentally shot himself approximately two weeks prior.
Jones’ grandmother, who was present during the investigation, told Detectives that Jones had accidentally shot himself in the leg while securing the firearm. It was also determined that the incident occurred on July 22nd, 2011.
Further investigation revealed that Jones was located in the Freeport area. Contact was made with Jones, at which time he was transported to Healthmark Regional Medical Center by Walton County Emergency Medical Staff (EMS), where he was treated and released for the gunshot wound.
DeFuniak Springs Police Criminal Investigation Division (CID) did recover and seize a North American 22 caliber pistol.
It is believed that Jones didn’t seek medical treatment at the time of the incident due to his probation status. Charges are still pending.
Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Special Operations Division Commander