For Immediate Release
March 5, 2018
WALTON COUNTY, Fla— A suspect in a fatal shooting in Alabama was taken into custody in Walton County Sunday.
Just before 12:30pm, WCSO was called in to assist Covington County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama Bureau of Investigations, Opp Police Department and Florala Police Department following a shooting in the parking lot of the Huddle House in Florala.
Phillip George Parker, 24, was quickly identified as the suspect and a BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued to neighboring counties. Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were diligently following leads on possible locations of the suspect in Walton County along U.S. Highway 331 North heading toward Interstate 10.
Shortly after Walton County dispatchers received a tip from a citizen who heard the BOLO on a local radio station and advised deputies that Parker was heading back north on Highway 85 towards Alabama. Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies met Parker as he crossed over into Walton County on Highway 85 and conducted a felony traffic stop at County Road 147. Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks was on scene when the suspect was taken into custody.
Parker’s bond has been set at $750,000.00 and he remains in the Walton County Jail as of the time of this release.