The Bay County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) responded to a call in reference to a shooting at 2508 Shady Oak Court at about 11 p.m. last evening, June 11.
Deputies arrived to find Phillip Stephens dead at the scene by a gunshot and his 10-year-old son Joshua Stephens also shot, but still alive. EMS also responded and Joshua Stephens was taken to a local hospital where he later passed.
BCSO Criminal Investigations and Crime Scene Unit responded to the home and began an investigation into the incident and a forensic examination of the scene.
Investigators now believe Phillip Stephens shot his son and then turned the gun on himself. A teenage family member was also in the home at the time of the shooting but did not witness the incident.
A statement taken by investigators from this family member is consistent with evidence recovered at the scene. Statements from other family members reveal Phillip Stephens had a history of threatening suicide.
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