Killer shot dead after slaying 2 deputies in North Florida

An overturned truck rests next to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office car Saturday in Defuniak Springs. The truck’s driver fatally shot two Okaloosa County deputies, then fled toward neighboring Walton County, where he was shot and killed.

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An overturned truck rests next to a Walton County Sheriff’s Office car Saturday in Defuniak Springs. The truck’s driver fatally shot two Okaloosa County deputies, then fled toward neighboring Walton County, where he was shot and killed.

CRESTVIEW — Two North Florida sheriff's deputies were shot and killed at a shooting range by a man who was later fatally shot by deputies.

The shooting occurred around 1 p.m. Saturday when the two Okaloosa County deputies went to Shoal River Sporting Clays and Shooting Center in response to a call, said Michele Nicholson, a sheriff's spokeswoman.

Authorities say the man shot both deputies and took off toward neighboring Walton County, where he was shot by deputies.

Deputies Burt Lopez and Deputy Warren "Skip" York were pronounced dead after being airlifted to a hospital in Pensacola, about 45 miles away, the Sheriff's Office said.

The Sheriff's Office identified their killer as Joshua Cartwright, 28, of Fort Walton Beach.

The deputies had gone to the shooting range following up on a domestic violence call from Cartwright's apartment in Fort Walton Beach, authorities said.

Killer shot dead after slaying 2 deputies in North Florida 04/25/09 [Last modified: Saturday, April 25, 2009 9:46pm]

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