Dispute Over Missing Dog Leads to Shooting

By: News Release
By: News Release

The Walton County Sheriff’s Office responded to 102 Seymore Road, Ponce De Leon, last night shortly after 7 p.m., due to shots fired.

James Farrell Davis Jr., 55, of 10228 County Highway 3280, unlawfully walked onto the property of Heather Sue Carden, 26, and Joseph Justice, 31, at 102 Seymour Road. Davis confronted Carden and Justice about his dog being missing.

Davis was armed with a pistol grip shotgun and fired the shotgun towards Justice, striking him. Davis, then pursued Justice into his home and a struggle took place. A second shot was fired during the struggle but did not strike anyone and Justice was able to secure a hammer and struck Davis in the head.

Multiple units arrived on scene along with EMS and the fire department. Both weapons were secured by deputies along with a Semi-Automatic pistol that was found on Davis. Davis and Justice were transported to Bay County Medical Center for their injuries and both are currently in stable condition.

The incident is still under investigation and more information will be forthcoming.

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