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Suspect Arrested After Drivers Exchange Gunfire On PC Street

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The Panama City Police Department is investigating a Saturday afternoon incident in which the occupants of two vehicles were shooting at each other.

According to a PCPD news release, officers responded to a shots fired call at a residence located at 300 N. East Avenue at approximately 3:00 PM.  As police were arriving on scene, a blue Jeep Cherokee fled from officers at a high rate of speed, west bound on 11th Street near Church Avenue.

After officers and detectives arrived at the residence, they learned that occupants of the Jeep exchanged gunfire with the driver of a Dodge truck in the 1000 block of Elm Avenue minutes earlier.

Police said the Jeep Cherokee chased or followed the pickup truck to the East Avenue residence and several more shots were fired at the truck and the occupied residence.

Crime scene investigators located several new bullet holes as well as old bullet holes in the truck and fresh bullet holes in the front of the residence, police said.

The driver of the truck told investigators that occupants of the Jeep Cherokee shot at him and he returned gunfire.  He also reportedly told PCPD the old bullet holes were from a previous shooting incident involving the same suspects but never reported to authorities.

Police said there were no apparent injuries in the Saturday shootings.

Based on the investigation and evidence collected at the scene, police arrested the driver of the Dodge truck.  Ronald Richardson, 29, was charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm, discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and possession of drug paraphernalia.  He was booked into the Bay County Jail.

Detectives are still looking for the blue Jeep Cherokee and its occupants.  The Jeep Cherokee is described as a late 1990's or early 2000's model, blue in color, with chrome trim and an Alabama license tag.  The occupants of the Jeep Cherokee should be considered armed and dangerous, police said.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to contact Detective Raymond Perkins at the Panama City Police Department (850/872-3100) or call CrimeStoppers (850/785-TIPS).