By BRUCE COLLIER
The DeFuniak Springs Police Department and the Walton County Sheriff’s Office needs assistance locating a suspect believed to be involved in the fatal shooting of Curtis Brown, 38, of Baker, on the afternoon of Friday, April 10, at the Northwest Florida College’s Chautauqua Center, DeFuniak Springs Campus, on U.S. 90.
Baker, an employee of the Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Valparaiso, was reportedly at the campus reparing a vending machine. A college employee found Brown dead with gunshot wounds to the chest.
The suspect, Thomas Ford McCoy Jr., 42, is described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inch in height. He is a resident of Laurel Hill and a former employee of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Valparaiso. A neighbor of McCoy’s reportedly described him as being “distressed” at having not received a raise when he was working for Coca-Cola.
McCoy was last seen driving a “full-sized silver Dodge truck,” with Florida license plates, tag number L929RF. In the right rear window is displayed a decal of “Cold Drink, Inc.,” the company for which McCoy worked. An unconfirmed report, from WEAR TV 3, had McCoy’s truck being seen at a Wal-Mart in Foley, AL. McCoy is considered armed and dangerous, and law enforcement officials warn the public not to try to make contact with him.
Anyone with any information as to McCoy’s location is asked to contact their local police or sheriff’s office or call Walton County Sheriff’s Office at (850) 892-8111.