July 08, 2019
Crestview, FL – The Crestview Police Department is investigating a possible Murder, that occurred just after 6:00 pm this evening, on Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, near the intersection of Gordon Street.
The victim, 32 year old Tywon C. Tatum of Crestview was shot in the chest by a suspect that immediately fled the area after the shooting.
Tatum was unresponsive when officers arrived on scene and was later pronounced deceased upon arrival at North Okaloosa Medical Center. The motive behind the shooting remains under investigation.
The Crestview Police Department has requested the assistance of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to assist in the processing of the crime scene.
At the time of this release, the Crestview Police Department is seeking a person of interest in the shooting. Investigators are looking for 21 year old, black male, Tony Jerome Byrd of Crestview. He was last seen wearing dark pants with an unknown color shirt and was seen driving away from the scene in an unknown type of red car.
Byrd has distinctive tattoos to include the initials “NFL” tattooed on his neck near his throat and a tattoo of cursive writing around his collar.
At this time, it is believed that Tony J. Byrd may be armed with a black pistol and he considered to be dangerous.
If anyone knows his whereabouts, they are asked to avoid making contact with him and to immediately dial 911 or call the Crestview Police Department at 850-682-2055.