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Posted on: February 27, 2015

[ARCHIVED] DEFUNIAK SPRINGS POLICE RESPOND TO HOME INVASION AND LATER A SHOOTING

It’s been a busy day for DeFuniak Springs Police. At approximately 8:30 AM this morning (02/27/2015), a woman called 911 stating that a man had just came into her apartment. Officers responded to Arbors Apartments and immediately setup a perimeter. The victim stated that she had just arrived home when a mid twenty’s aged white male entered her unlocked apartment door. She asked him what he was doing and her dog began charging the man. He immediately left the apartment and fled the area. During the search using the Walton Correctional and Holmes Correctional Institute K-9s, the suspect was located in the parking lot of the complex. Investigation revealed that the subject was temporarily staying with a residence in another building with a similar apartment number. He mistakenly entered the apartment and left when he realized his blunder. The subject was detained until the investigation cleared him of any criminal intent.

In a separate incident, DeFuniak Springs Police responded to the area of Oakdale Garden Apartments in reference to a shooting at approximately 11 AM. Officers arrived to find a male with a gunshot wound to his thigh. Witnesses and the victim described the shooter and knew his name. A perimeter was setup with the assistance of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office. Walton Correctional and Holmes Correctional Institute K-9s responded and began tracking the suspect. He was located a few blocks away from the scene in the back of a local church. 26 year old Kevis Jabree Young, of DeFuniak Springs, was taken into custody after being spotted by Correctional Officers using their K-9. Young was crouched behind several garbage cans in the rear of the church. A Walton County Sheriff’s Office K-9 and handler was able to track and locate the gun used in the shooting. The gun was located in the woods between the Church and Oakdale Garden Apartments.

Chief Mark Weeks said “I’m thankful for the quick response of our sister agencies to help when we need it the most. It was the quick response by all involved that brought these situations under control quickly. Thankfully, no one else was hurt. A big thank you also goes out to our community who helped identify the suspect”

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