By BRUCE COLLIER
A DeFuniak Springs man has been arrested and booked for taking a deer at night and for road hunting, following discovery of the body of a deer near U.S. 331 South, near the Waffle House restaurant in DeFuniak Springs.
DeFuniak Springs Police reported that they received a call at 12:35 on the morning of March 31 that shots were being fired near the Waffle House restaurant. Upon arrival the officers discovered the body of a deer that had been shot and left next to the road. Witnesses stated that the shots had come from a silver van that was traveling south on U.S. 331. The van reportedly had turned and traveled north on U.S. 331, firing at deer on the west side of the road. During the course of the interview, a van matching the witnesses’ description passed by, and was stopped. The occupants of the van, Harvey Cosson, Anthony Jordan and Johnny Schofield, reportedly admitted to firing the shots that killed the deer.
Police contacted the Florida Wildlife Commission (FWC), which arrested the three suspects. Upon their arrival at the Walton County Department of Corrections, officers reportedly discovered methamphetamine and a syringe on Jordan and a Lortab pill on Cosson.
Cosson was booked with possession of a controlled substance and for introducing contraband into a secure facility. Jordan was booked with possession of a controlled substance, introducing contraband into a secure facility and possession of drug paraphernalia. Schofield was booked for taking a deer at night and for road hunting. The FWC is investigating.