ALTHA, Fla. (WDHN) — The deceased shooter at a birthday celebration in Altha, Florida’s Powerhouse Drag Strip has been revealed to be a man from Dothan, according to the Calhoun County Sheriff’s Office.
The sheriff’s office said in a press release that Derrick Thompson, 46, of Dothan had gotten into a fight with Kendall Kirkland, 23, of Newville, shooting Kirkland.
“It (seemed) to have started over some disagreement about maybe a side wager on a race that was out on the track, maybe with not wanting to pay out,” Sheriff Glenn Kimbrel told our sister station WMBB. “Guns were drawn and our deputies happen to be close, and they engaged the shooter, and unfortunately, there is a lost life.”
Thompson shot at the deputies, hitting one of them before getting killed himself. Before deputies stopped him, Thompson shot five other civilians who suffered minor injuries.
Kirkland, the first victim, later died of his injuries.
“It’s sad that one individual did lose their life,” Kimbrel said. “The deputy that got shot in the upper leg, he’s in the hospital, I believe he’s already had one round of surgery and I believe he’s in surgery at this time.”
There were around three to four thousand people at this event, a crowd not expected by the sheriff’s office.
The other victims have been treated for their injuries.