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Walton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested Billie Ray Thompson, 41, of 898 Chesser Road, DeFuniak Springs, for armed burglary and shooting into an occupied dwelling early this morning (Sunday).  Per victim and witness statement’s, Thompson, forcefully opened a locked door to a camper located at 108 McCewen Street, Bruce, FL.  The two victims inside the camper called 911 and told Thompson to leave.  Thompson exited the porch of the camper and discharged nine rounds from his .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol, which penetrated the inside and outside of the camper.  The victims inside the camper were not injured when the shooting took place. 


The .40 caliber Hi-Point pistol along with .40 caliber ammunition was recovered from Thompson’s residence after consent was given.  Thompson was booked at the Walton County Sheriff’s Office Jail.

Members of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office are investigating a shooting that occurred at approximately 3 am this morning. The incident took place at a trailer located in Simpler’s Fish Camp in Freeport, Florida. The caller reported that a male subject had fired several rounds into an occupied residence. Deputies quickly responded to the scene along with members of the Criminal Investigations Bureau and Crime Scene Technicians. No injuries were reported and further information will be released once available.



During the early morning hours of Saturday, January 24, 2015, Robert William Woods, 20, of 468 Forest Shore Drive, Miramar Beach, burglarized a home and vehicle off Bayshore Drive in Miramar Beach. Woods first entered an unlocked vehicle and then attempted to enter the home by gaining access through the pool area by cutting the screen.  As Woods attempted to open the back sliding glass door, the residential alarm sounded and he fled the area.  Upon investigation, deputies and crime scene investigators discovered a blood transfer on the fence which Woods damaged.  DNA was taken and a lab report was received yesterday, February 19th, matching Woods.  

A second incident occurred on January 24th at a residence off Shore Drive in Miramar Beach, where Woods trespassed and entered an unenclosed curtilage of the residence to commit a crime.  Woods also left his blood on the victim’s fence post.  A lab report confirmed that the blood matched Woods.  Investigators obtained arrest warrants for Woods the same day and he was arrested. 


Woods is charged with burglary to an occupied dwelling, burglary of an unoccupied conveyance, two counts of criminal mischief and trespassing.  Possible further charges pending. 


WCSO Patrol Deputies are investigating three cases of occupied residential burglaries that have occurred in Miramar Beach and Santa Rosa Beach.  In all 3 cases, the residents were home and asleep, when an individual entered their residence and took wallets, purses and other valuable items.  Deputies were told by the victims that the garage doors were left open with the interior garage door unlocked.  The cases have been forwarded to the criminal investigations bureau of the sheriff’s office. 


The WCSO wants to inform the public of what is happening and urges everyone to be proactive and secure their personal items and LOCK their doors.


The WCSO has received multiple complaints of a con man posing as a sheriff’s office employee in an attempt to get money. The caller states that a family member has a warrant for their arrest but in lieu of arrest, the caller requests money over the phone.  Another ruse is telling potential victims they missed jury duty and they are being fined $2000.00, but if the person settles the issue that day, they will accept $500.00 transferrable electronically. 

 At no time will the sheriff’s office ever solicit money and wants to remind citizen’s to not give out any personal information over the phone.  Anyone who has fallen victim to the bogus caller is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 850.892.8111. 



The WCSO has received reports of an individual impersonating himself as a Walton County Sheriff’s Office Deputy.  The victims stated that the caller had an arrest warrant for a family member and identified himself as “Deputy Arrowwood.”  The case is under investigation.


The Sheriff’s Office wants to remind citizens to not give out any personal information over the phone.  If anyone has concerns or had been contacted by this individual, please contact the Walton County Sheriff’s Office at 850.892.8111.


Thank you Smart Bank for showing your love for the Walton County Sheriffs Office staff. Your kindness and generosity is appreciated. The lunch prepared and cooked by your team was amazing. It's nice to know we are appreciated!! And Thank You to the other businesses who contributed to make the lunch perfect.



The Walton County Sheriff’s Office was notified around 3 pm today by the DeFuniak Springs Police Department that they received a call from a help hotline that a male was threatening to harm himself.  The hotline advised him to go to the nearest hospital.  A member of the HealthMark staff contacted the Sheriff’s Office and advised there was a man waiting in the ER with a gun.  Deputies arrived on scene, made contact with the male and did not find a gun in his possession.  The male was taken into custody and Baker Acted.  The weapon, a 25 caliber pistol was located inside the male’s vehicle.  No injuries were reported to any parties involved.




The WCSO has received the Golden Star Award from the Florida Sheriff’s Youth Ranches for raising over $60,000 dollars through fundraisers for the organization.  The mission of the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches is to prevent delinquency and give them the opportunity to better themselves and become productive members of society.  Sheriff Mike Adkinson stated, “Our deputy sheriffs can help kids get back on the right track by supporting this incredible organization that does so much for our youth”.


For more information about the Florida Sheriffs Youth Ranches please visit 






Pictured is Captain Donnie Clark, Sheriff Mike Adkinson and School Resource Deputy Phillip Spires




Keelan Michael Clemmons, 21, of 1237 Chat Holley Road, Santa Rosa Beach, was arrested on Wednesday, February 11th, for burglary of an unoccupied dwelling, larceny and narcotic possession.  Clemmons was hired by the victim to do construction work on a separate apartment which was attached to the victim’s Santa Rosa Beach home.  The victim left the residence for approximately 1 hour and upon her return, she noticed two rings laying on the kitchen floor of her residence.  In addition, two necklaces valued at $500 were also found missing from her jewelry box and $400 in cash was missing from a chest of drawers.  The victim reported the incident to the Sheriff’s Office and upon arrival, deputies interviewed Clemmons.  The investigation revealed that Clemmons was in possession of the items stolen from the residence.  Deputies found the necklaces hidden in Clemmons sock and the missing money was found hidden in Clemmons wallet.  Clemmons was placed into custody and upon search of his person, revealed a marijuana pipe in his right front pocket.