FL law enforcement seeks to drop shooting charges against AL man

FL law enforcement seeks to drop shooting charges against AL man

BAY COUNTY, FL (WSFA) - The Bay County, Florida Sheriff's Office has requested the State Attorney's Office dismiss charges against an Alabama man who was an alleged suspect wanted in connection to a Panama City Beach shooting.

According to the Bay County Sheriff's Office, deputies responded to a shooting on Coastal Palms Boulevard on Sunday, March 26. When they arrived at the scene, deputies found an injured man with a gunshot wound. The victim was then transported to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators initially identified Raynod Sistrunk of Enterprise, Alabama as the person of interest in the case. Surveillance footage from a nearby Burger King showed the wounded man and the suspect inside the fast food restaurant prior to the shooting. An eyewitness identified Sistrunk as the shooter, deputies say.

Investigators then made contact with another witness, a friend of Sistrunk, who also identified him as the suspect. According to investigators, Sistrunk's mother and sister then also identified him as the shooter in the footage.

Deputies took Sistrunk into custody for questioning on the shooting on March 28.  During questioning, deputies say Sistrunk made untruthful statements as to his whereabouts during the time he was in Bay County.

Later, the victim, later identified as Sistrunk's brother, was brought in for questioning regarding the shooting. The victim denied that Sistrunk was the shooter.

On March 30, new information confirmed that Sistrunk was in fact not the shooter. Sistrunk's mother, sister, and friend then recanted their identification of Sistrunk as the shooter.

Sistrunk was being held in the Bay County Jail on a robbery charge stemming from an incident in Enterprise.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office has requested the charges against Sistrunk to be dropped. The case in ongoing.

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