Niceville Police Chief reveals additional insight into double homicide

Niceville Police Department‘s Chief Dave Popwell revealed additional details on Monday surrounding Friday’s double homicide in Niceville.

  • The incident occurred in the parking lot just behind the PNC Bank, next to the Props Ale House.

In the interview with WEAR Channel 3, Popwell said that surveillance videos from Dunkin Donuts, and one of the nearby banks, captured the incident. The videos are currently being processed and cleaned up for review.

He also said that the suspected white car has been located on I-10 toward Panama City and is now being brought to Niceville for processing.

  • “We should get a lot of evidence out of that car,” he said.

According to Popwell, police, so far, have two persons of interest, although names are not being released at this time. The gunshot victim is stable and underwent surgery Monday morning with non life-threatening wounds.

Given the concern of citizens, Chief Popwell reassured everyone, saying that “all parties involved in this were associates of each other, and the general public has nothing to fear at all. Popwell says that the shooting was not targeted toward anybody other than these specific individuals.

  • “The general public is as safe as can be,” he said.

Chief Popwell said that one of the victims has been identified as Brandon James of Tallahassee. The other deceased victim has not yet been identified. Ages of those involved are around their early to mid-20s, he said.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has their crime lab working on the case, but Popwell says there is no estimated timeline for this investigation due to the scale and amount of people involved.

A coordination meeting is scheduled for Tuesday with all involved agencies.

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