HOLT, Fla., April 21, 2021—One man is in custody and two others are still at large after an extensive manhunt here yesterday.
Shalimar resident Uriah Zaccheus Bush, 22, who matched the description of one of the suspects, was arrested around 10 p.m. at Brown’s Grocery in Holt in association with shots fired in Crestview yesterday afternoon.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office charged him with marijuana and drug possession. Other charges associated with the Crestview incident have not been made at the time of this article.
Holt became the center of a search around 3:30 p.m. when three likely armed suspects fled west out of Crestview after shots were fired at a house there.
The suspects abandoned their vehicle in Holt and fled on foot, according to Maj. Andrew Snyder, public information officer for the Crestview Police Department.
Two of the suspects were described as a black man with dreadlocks and a light-skinned black man.
Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, the Florida Highway Patrol and Okaloosa County K9 units assisted Crestview Police with the search in the area of Poplar Head Church and Springtime roads.
The Sheriff’s Office also deployed a drone in the area to assist with the search.
Holt Fire District, Okaloosa County EMS and Okaloosa County MedFlight were on standby as the search continued.
During the search, Holt residents were advised to lock their doors and remain vigilant.
According to both the CPD and OCSO, there are no active searches in the Holt area today.
“Our deputies that patrol the Holt area will be keeping an eye out for anyone fitting the suspects’ descriptions,” said Nicole Hodskins, OCSO public information officer in an email response.
The investigation is ongoing at this time, according to Snyder.