Week-long Manhunt for Double-murder Suspect Ends

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

A Holmes County correctional officer and a double-murder suspect are dead after a week long manhunt spanning three states.

They were searching for Wade Andrew Williams whom officers believe killed his parents in Cottondale Florida last week.

This manhunt put people in Florida, Alabama and Georgia on high alert, and although there were casualties it has finally come to an end.

It all started around 3 p.m. last Wednesday, January 26th when authorities responded to a call to find Bruce and Sharon Williams dead in their home.

Their Ford F-150 was missing.

"I’ve known them for 19 years, they've been good people. It really hurts me just as much as their family because I’ve known them for a very long time,” says Cottondale Police Chief William Watford.

The truck was found Thursday in northern Holmes County completely burnt.

“Double checked it was the vehicle we were looking for,” says Watford Thursday, “We're still looking, don’t know if he's in the wooded area or not.”

By Friday, investigators named the victims’ son, Wade Andrew Williams a person of interest and the search expanded to Alabama and Georgia, putting residents on the lookout.

"Give a description and an exact location. Don't try to make contact with the subject. But definitely make contact with your local law enforcement,” Lt. Noel VanLandingham told residents Friday in Abbeville.

Monday, Williams became the primary suspect in his parents' murders.

"Just to the fact that we have been unable to locate him. The vehicle was located in a different county and also burned. He has not tried to make any contact with us or any family members," said Watford Monday.

And on Wednesday, February 2nd he was found in a wooded area just miles away from where the crime took place.

A Holmes County hog hunter spotted the wanted suspect through his scope at a camp site in the Choctawhatchee River Wildlife Management Area.

Shots were fired and Williams got away.

The hunter called authorities.

Deputies say during a K-9 search of the area the tracking team was ambushed.

Two correctional officers were shot before others returned fire killing Williams.

Colonel Greg Malloy was pronounced dead at a Fort Walton hospital.

Holmes County Sheriff Tim Brown says this is a sad day.

“When you have things like this happen with people you work so close with, we couldn't make it without their help. They're there every time we have somebody they're there working with us and we appreciate all that they do,” says Brown.

The Walton County Sheriff's Office has issued a statement on behalf of Colonel Malloy’s family saying, "We will never forget the kindness we received from the public, law enforcement and correctional community during this difficult day. Please accept our gratitude for your outpouring support and kind expression of sympathy."


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