One charged in deadly shooting of ‘good samaritan’ after Holmes County crash

HOLMES COUNTY, Fla (WDHN) — A man from Kinard, Florida, has been arrested and charged in the deadly shooting of a man who tried to help the victims of a car crash in Holmes County, Walton County Sheriff’s Investigators say.

The Holmes County Sheriff’s Office announced on Thursday that Anthony Hicks Jr. has been charged with one count of open murder in the death of 25-year-old Marcus Kale Fournier of Bonifay. The shooting occurred on Tuesday, March 25.

According to the HCSO, Hicks and his unidentified father were driving down Highway 173 when the driver fell asleep and crashed at around 4:30 a.m. on Tuesday.

Investigators say Fournier saw the crash while coming from the south, and when he stopped to help, Hicks shot him for an unknown reason.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Sheriff John Tate said not long after the crash and shooting occurred, either Hicks or his father called 911 and gave an erratic report about the crash. When deputies arrived on the scene, they found Fournier on the ground.

After the crash, Hicks and his father were taken to the hospital for treatment, and after being released, Hicks was arrested on an outstanding warrant from Calhoun County.

Hicks is currently in the Calhoun County Jail and will soon be extradited to Holmes County to face the murder charge.

Sheriff Tate says the investigation is still ongoing.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as our investigative team continues to work diligently on this case,” stated Sheriff Tate. “The pursuit of justice for Marcus Kale Fournier and his loved ones remains our top priority.”

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