The Bay County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement that Nathan Edwards, 31, was found dead on the floor of a home owned by a man in his 70’s and the man’s wife. The couple and other witnesses reportedly told police that the husband was outside the home when they spotted Edwards walking down the street, acting erratically and screaming and swearing.
Edwards allegedly approached the elderly man in his driveway in a threatening manner. Police said the man retreated into his house but Edwards followed him before beating on the door.
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At some point, Edwards reportedly forced his way into the home by breaking the glass front door. He then knocked the homeowner’s wife to the ground and began striking her on the head, according to police.
“The husband stated he felt he could not physically stop the intruder so he went upstairs to get his firearm. He shot the firearm multiple times, ending the threat,” the statement read.
The wife was treated for injuries. Hours after the initial statement, Bay County police announced the arrests of four suspects — three women and one man — in relation to Tuesday’s deadly home invasion.
Hours after Edwards’ shooting death, officers arrested Ellecia Bryant, 42, Ashayla Lewis, 19, Ourania Moore, 26, and Khary Johnson, 35. Police said the four suspects and Edwards were staying at a rental home a block from the shooting.
Investigators who made contact with the group reportedly spotted narcotics in plain sight. According to police, a search produced cocaine, LSD, THC resin, suspected hallucinogens, an unsecured firearm, and $1608.00 in cash.
Police noted that the four suspects were charged with child neglect because children were at the home.
In addition to the child neglect charges, Bryant was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of THC resin, possession of drug paraphernalia; Lewis, Moore, and Johnson were charged with possession of LSD, possession of cocaine, and possession of marijuana.
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[Featured image: Nathan Edwards/Bay County Sheriff’s Office]