PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — Florida Panhandle authorities say the two men responsible for shooting a wildlife officer during a violent struggle Friday also tried to repeatedly run him over with his patrol boat.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office reports in a news release that Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission Officer David Brady approached a sailboat after calls about a disturbance. When Brady asked to see identification, one of the two men onboard went into the cabin, returned with a handgun and began to fire at Brady.
Authorities say the officer jumped into the water and began firing back, hitting Samuel Wyndham Reager, 18, in the hand. Reager and Lachlan Fain Akins, 20, boarded the officer's patrol boat and tried to run him over several times, according to a news release.
The suspects allegedly stole the patrol boat but beached it a short time later in Panama City. Later that night, a homeowner said the two tried to break into his home. Akins fled on foot and was later arrested. Reager ran upstairs and was arrested. Authorities said they found a Glock handgun in the home believed to be the handgun used to shoot Brady.
Brady suffered a gunshot wound to his side that was stopped by his ballistic vest, and a gunshot wound to his upper shoulder. He was released from the hospital Friday evening.
The sheriff's office did not say what charges the suspects might be facing. They said Reagar is also wanted on drug charges in Michigan.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement will also be working the attempted murder investigation along with the sheriff's office.