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Destin Man Arrested on Attempted Murder Charges

By: Press Release
By: Press Release
Fred John Shepard

Fred John Shepard

DESTIN, FL - The Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office took a Destin man into custody Monday night after his friend says he fired four shots at him inside a Gulf Shore Drive apartment.

43-year old Fred John Shepard of 775 Gulf Shore Drive, Unit 1009 is charged with attempted murder, shooting a firearm in an occupied dwelling, and using a firearm under the influence of alcohol.

Deputies were called to Shepard’s apartment around 5:15 Monday evening after 41-year old Christopher Popelarski said Shepard came out of a bedroom following a nap and began shooting at him. Popelarski said three rounds from the handgun hit the couch where he was sitting and another hit a wall beside the front door as he was running away.

Shepard, whose blood alcohol level later tested at .22, denies firing at Popelarski. Popelarski says he does not know why Shepard was trying to shoot him. He says prior to Shepard taking a nap, the pair had just been talking and drinking together.

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