A man wanted on multiple out-of- state warrants for possession of child pornography died this morning of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound after members of the U.S. Marshals Service Regional Fugitive Task Force arrived at a Crestview hotel to take him into custody.
The Task Force members, including deputies from the Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, were called out to the Holiday Inn Express at 125 Cracker Barrel Road in Crestview early Wednesday morning.
The suspect, considered armed and dangerous, was believed to be hiding out in a room at the hotel. Task Force members knocked on his door shortly before 2 a.m. and announced their presence.
As they were attempting to enter the room, they heard a single gunshot.
45-year old Richard Allen Garretson of Huntington, West Virginia was found wounded inside and pronounced dead a short time later by EMS personnel.
An autopsy will be conducted by the Medical Examiner’s Office.
Garrettson was wanted by the West Virginia State Police Child Protection Unit on five counts of possession of child pornography out of Cabell County West Virginia.