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Shooter dead in Panama City, Florida standoff, reports say 

A standoff in Panama City, Florida, ended Tuesday with the death of the alleged shooter.

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When police were able to get inside the apartment of Kevin Robert Holroyd, they found the suspected killer dead in a gas-soaked apartment, according to the News Herald.

Authorities were searching for Holroyd, 49, in connection with a murder Tuesday morning in Santa Rosa Beach in Walton County, according to the sheriff’s office.

When they attempted to access his apartment building Tuesday afternoon, authorities said Holroyd opened fire on officers, sparking an intense exchange of gunfire, then a standoff that lasted several hours.

Update 4:10 p.m. EDT:

Investigators were searching the Briarwood Apartments after several rounds of gunfire were exchanged Tuesday afternoon between shooting suspect Kevin Robert Holroyd  and Bay County first responders.

Bay County authorities believe Holroyd is involved with the shooting death of a 30-year-old man in Walton County Tuesday morning, the News Herald reported.

Investigators had been watching Holroyd’s apartment when they received reports of a gas leak at the building, according to the News Herald. When they tried to check the building, the suspect opened fire.

Update 3:50 p.m. EDT: The Walton County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed the standoff in Panama City is related to a fatal shooting at a home in Santa Rosa Beach.

The victim has been identified as Clinton Street. Street was 30 years old and was killed at a house on White Heron Drive. There’s no word on what led to Street’s death or who the suspect is, but the sheriff’s office said in a tweet that the two incidents are related.

Update 2:40 p.m. EDT: Walton County sheriff’s deputies confirmed that a shooting in Panama City, described Tuesday afternoon by police as active and ongoing, appeared to be connected to a suspicious death reported earlier Tuesday in Santa Rosa Beach.

Authorities did not immediately elaborate on the connection.

Update 2:33 p.m. EDT: Police described the incident as an ongoing “active shooter situation,” according to multiple reports.

Caitlin Lawrence, public information officer for Panama City, told the News Herald that authorities believe the suspect was still on the scene Tuesday afternoon.

Original report: Witnesses told WJHG that they heard more than 50 shots.

What sounded like gunshots could be heard on-air as WMBB interviewed a witness about the shooting.

One person has been reported with a graze wound, the Panama City News Herald reported.

Police report details events leading to T.I.’s arrest outside gated community

Atlanta rapper and actor T.I., who reinvented himself as an activist and political force after time in federal prison and years of trouble with the law, was arrested early Wednesday outside his gated community in Henry County, authorities said.

RELATED: T.I.’s civic work has brought hope to students, single moms, inmates

The music star, whose legal name is Clifford Harris Jr., was arrested after returning to the Eagle’s Landing Country Club community in the 100 block of Eagle’s Landing Way around 4 a.m.

T.I. said he observed the security guard, Euwan James, sleeping, according to the police report.

After T.I. woke up the guard and asked to be let in because he didn’t have his keys, James initially refused, the report states. James said T.I. started using profanity and yelled at him to open the gate, the report said. James eventually opened the gate and let T.I. in, but T.I. told police James wouldn’t give him his name or his supervisor’s name when asked. 

After T.I. parked his car at his home, he walked back to try to get James’ name, the report said. James said T.I. threatened him and said “come outside so we can deal with this man to man.”

The officer said in the report that he smelled “overwhelming” alcohol on T.I.’s breath, and that the rapper admitted he had a drink while walking back to the guard’s shack.

At some point, T.I. called a friend who eventually joined him, police said.

T.I. was arrested on misdemeanor charges of simple assault, disorderly conduct and public drunkenness. His friend, Marquinarius Holmes, 40, of Stockbridge, was arrested on outstanding charges out of Clayton County and for not having proof of car insurance, the sheriff’s office told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Via a live Instagram video, T.I. addressed the arrest as “nonsense” and “small potatoes,” adding that God will take care of it. He appeared in the video while celebrating his son’s 10th birthday at his home.

Later Wednesday, he told TheBlast.com that law enforcement in the county are “white cops in a very white area.”

He was released from the Henry County Jail about 8 a.m. Wednesday after posting $2,250 bond. He did not appear before a judge.

In a statement to The AJC, attorney Steve Sadow said T.I. “was wrongfully arrested” and accused the guard of refusing him entry after the superstar’s wife confirmed he “should be let in immediately.”  

According to Sadow, police were not interested in hearing T.I.’s side of the story when they arrived on the scene and “wrongfully chose to end the situation by arresting” him. Henry County police did not directly address the comments from T.I.’s attorney.

T.I.’s past encounters with the law are well-documented.

RELATED: Who is T.I., who was arrested Wednesday in Henry County?

RELATED: T.I. brings Christmas cheer to halfway house where he was once in custody

RELATED: T.I. reveals how the war on drugs affected his family in Atlanta

U.S. District Judge Charles Pannell Jr. sentenced him to a year and a day in prison for an October 2007 incident in which T.I. sent a bodyguard to purchase machine guns and silencers.

An extraordinary deal shaved nearly four years off a potential sentence, provided T.I. perform 1,000 hours of community service. The service included visits with schoolchildren to speak out against violence, gangs and drugs.

T.I. finished his time in prison and a halfway house and was still on probation when he was arrested Sept. 1, 2010, in Los Angeles.

He and his wife, R&B singer Tameka “Tiny” Cottle, were taken into custody during a traffic stop in West Hollywood in which deputies said they smelled a strong odor of marijuana from inside the car. They were soon released on bond.

Then-U.S. Attorney Sally Yates said she supported the initial deal and believed T.I. had reached large numbers of youth. But Yates told Pannell that the rapper already had submitted two diluted urine samples before his arrest and initially lied to a probation officer about the five pills of Ecstasy found in his pocket when he was arrested. After his arrest, T.I. tested positive for opiates, Yates said. Pannell sentenced him in October 2010 to 11 more months in prison.

After his release, T.I. turned his life around.

He became the face of a protest against alleged discriminatory practices at Houston’s, the now-shuttered Lenox Road restaurant.

MORE: T.I. ends feud with Houston’s

He lent his voice and celebrity to discussions about a growing number of police shootings of unarmed black men.

PHOTOS: T.I. as Atlanta community leader

He was one of numerous celebrities who stumped for Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms during a bitter runoff with opponent Mary Norwood. Bottoms later appointed T.I. to her transition team. 

ALSO: Atlanta rappers T.I., Killer Mike named to mayor’s diverse transition team

And he was the star of a successful VH1 reality show for six seasons. “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” chronicled the superstar’s life at home with Cottle and their blended family. The show’s final episode aired last year.

RELATED: VH1’s “T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle” returns for sixth and final season April 17

RELATED: T.I.’s stepdaughter arrested on gun charges at Atlanta airport

 

VIDEO: 2 Atlanta students hospitalized after high school fight 

Two students were taken to the hospital after a fight at an Atlanta high school that was captured on cellphone video and posted online, Channel 2 Action News reported.

The incident happened Monday at the Carver Early College High School.

“These babies are at (Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at) Egleston waiting on a CT scan because they were kicked in their heads,” a mother of one of the alleged victims told the news station.

The mother said she wants to press charges. She said her daughter, 16, and her daughter’s best friend, 14, were ambushed. 

She told Channel 2 she doesn’t know how this was allowed to happen with two resource officers on the high school’s campus.

Atlanta Public Schools sent out a statement to the news station that reads, in part: 

“The Atlanta Public Schools Police Department is investigating this matter and will issue charges if warranted. The safety and security of our students is a top priority at APS.”

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Man accused of killing deputy in Maine captured

UPDATE: Authorities have captured John Williams, the man believed to have shot and killed a sheriff's deputy in Maine early Wednesday.

Williams was captured alive Saturday, according to authorities.

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Swedish musician Avicii dead at 28

Swedish DJ Avicii was found dead Friday in Oman, his publicist confirmed. He was 28.

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Former first lady Barbara Bush in failing health

Former first lady Barbara Bush is in failing health, the office of former President George H.W. Bush confirmed Sunday.

Bush, 92, has made several visits to the hospital in the past year while battling Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and congestive heart failure, the family said.

A family spokesman said Bush will not receive more medical treatment and will focus on "comfort care."

>> Photos: Barbara Bush through the years

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Missing CDC researcher Timothy Cunningham likely drowned, investigators say

The body found near the Chattahoochee River late Tuesday night is that of missing Centers for Disease Control and Prevention employee Timothy Cunningham, WSBTV and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.

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Texas house explosion: 2 dead, 2 hurt in Lubbock fire, blast

Two people are dead and two others are hurt after an explosion was reported Tuesday night at a home in Lubbock, Texas, authorities said.

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Trump orders expulsion of Russian diplomats over UK spy attack

President Donald Trump on Monday ordered the expulsion of 60 Russian diplomats and the closure of the country’s consulate in Seattle in response to an attack earlier this month on a former spy in the United Kingdom.

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