Looting leads to deadly shooting in Panama City, Florida
PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WPMI) - Looting led to a deadly shooting overnight in Panama City, Florida.
Witness Landon Swett said a man tried to steal a police car.
"He yelled at me a little bit. He said, oh I’m looting and he opened the door to the police officer’s SUV with the lights going, got in it and shut the door,” said Swett.
That's when Swett took his family to safety. Moments later, shots were fired.
“As I’m crossing the doorway, I look back, saw the officer at the passenger side. I don’t believe the door was open yet. Then I got about three more feet inside, and I heard the shot,” says Swett.
According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Florida State Fire Marshall was involved in the shooting. Looting is rampant in other areas. Residents said broken doors and shattered windows are all that's left of many businesses as looters are on the prowl.
“This hit so hard and so fast that the different aspects of human nature is going to come out, and people are going to do anything to survive,” said Christopher Donahue.
Police are keeping an eye out for thieves. With power lines down and no running water, Panama City Beach is under a curfew. From dusk to dawn, no one is allowed on the roads.