January 13, 2019
The Bay County Sheriff’s Office responded to the report of a stolen vehicle this afternoon in the Callaway area. A description of the vehicle was disseminated to local law enforcement. A short time later the stolen vehicle, a Jeep Cherokee, was located at a mobile home park at 2300 Sherman Avenue in Panama City. Deputies were able to identify the suspect as Steven Gregory Russell, age 37.
As deputies approached the residence, Russell was heard to say that he had a gun and then he threatened to hurt law enforcement with the firearm.
The BCSO Hostage Negotiation Team responded and engaged the suspect in a negotiation for several hours within the residence. At that point, Russell threatened deputies with the firearm and was shot. He was taken to a local hospital for medical attention.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement has been requested to conduct an investigation into the incident, which is a standard practice. Per BCSO policy, the deputy involved has been placed on administrative leave.
Prepared by R. Corley
Information by Capt. M. Branning
Approved by Chief J. Heape