LEVY COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE
ROBERT B. McCALLUM, JR., SHERIFF
(5-16-83) on multiple charges on October 20th, 2015. The arrest stemmed from an incident which
occurred in the Fanning Springs area on October 4, 2015.
to Curtis’ residence in order to purchase illegal narcotics from Curtis. During the attempted purchase, Curtis
forcibly grabbed the victim and moved her into another room of the
residence. Curtis stole more than
$1,000.00 in cash from the victim.
Curtis beat the victim and threatened the victim with a firearm. The victim was able to escape from the
residence and report the incident to law enforcement. Prior to the deputies’ arrival, Curtis fled
the victim and witnesses as well as physical evidence that was recovered,
Deputies obtained an arrest warrant for False Imprisonment, Robbery and
Aggravated Assault with a Firearm (3 counts).
Deputies located Curtis on October 20th in the city of Chiefland where he was
taken into custody based on the warrant.
A wallet that Curtis admitted having in his possession at the time of
his arrest was found to contain multiple pieces of crack cocaine.
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2015 the Levy County Grand Jury handed down an indictment for Merle Mackey (4-8-43) for
first degree murder. The indictment was
based on an incident reported to the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office in 1982. At that time, Evelyn “Laverne” Mackey was
reported as a missing person. Evelyn
Mackey was the wife of Merle Mackey.
years, the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office interviewed several witnesses and
developed information indicating that the murder actually took place in Levy County. The victim’s body was not recovered.
based on the Grand Jury indictment. Mackey
was arrested in New Mexico by the U.S.
Marshal’s Service and transported to Levy
County. Mackey is being housed at the Levy County
without bond where he awaits trial.
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medical personnel at Shands at UF and the family of Otis Ray Bean that he did
succumb to his injuries late last night. His passing increases the death toll
perpetrated by Walter Tyson to four.
the street from Inglis
Town Hall on Thursday
evening. 911 callers reported gunfire at this home. EMS
arrived first on scene and discovered two people shot in the front yard. EMS personnel were able to rescue Otis Bean. Good
Samaritan Walter “Buzz” Terhune, whom was also shot, had died immediately from
Fugitive Task Force surrounded the home. The investigation ultimately led to
the discovery of the body of Patricia Tyson on the ground floor and the body of
Walter Tyson in a second story bedroom. Patricia Tyson had been shot several
times. Walter Tyson died from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
continues to ask for public assistance. LCSO investigators are attempting to
gather information of Walter Tyson’s activities on the days prior to this
violent and deadly act. Anyone who has information is asked to call (352)
486-5111 and ask for Investigations.
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office
|Walter A. Tyson|
received numerous 911 calls at approximately 6:10 pm Thursday evening. Callers
were reporting hearing shots fired across the street from Inglis Town Hall
on Hwy 40 West. Callers also reported there may be injuries related to these
immediately dispatched law enforcement and rescue units to the described
location. A Levy County Department of Public Safety EMS unit happened to be in
very close proximity to this location and immediately responded. The EMS and Inglis Fire Department personnel arrived prior to
law enforcement and were not aware the incident location was not safe. EMS, putting themselves in harms way, immediately
identified two male victims in the front yard and exited their emergency
response vehicle to render aid. EMS quickly
recognized the extreme volatile nature of the situation, continued their
mission by putting their own lives in peril and heroically rescued Otis Ray Bean
Jr. (11-17-61). Mr. Bean was successfully transferred and transported by air
ambulance to an area hospital where he remains in critical condition.
occurred immediately thereafter. The US Marshal’s Regional Fugitive Task Force
was operating in the Inglis area on an unrelated investigation. These team
members comprised of US Marshal’s, LCSO Deputies, FDLE Agents, Chiefland Police
Officers, Alachua County Sheriff’s Deputies and Gainesville Police Officers surrounded
the home. Eye witness testimony was quickly given to these officers confirming
the shooter had entered the home. Officers acted quickly and mounted a rescue
operation to aid the other male victim found in the yard. Walter Scott “Buzz”
Terhune (6-4-47), a local Inglis resident, was removed from the yard, but had
unfortunately succumbed to gunshot related injuries.
established by other officers and orders for surrender were immediately given
to all occupants of the home. Officers reported seeing a man on the second
story of this single family home walk to the window. This person later
identified as Walter A. Tyson (1-6-58) disappeared from their sight. Officers
heard a single gunshot, followed by a loud thud from inside the home. Task Force
officers deployed a robot into the interior of the home and verified one male
subject on the upper level of the home who appeared to be dead.
Sheriff Bobby McCallum requested mutual aid assistance from Citrus County
Sheriff Dawsy who sent several members of his SWAT team to assist with this
situation. Upon their arrival SWAT members deployed “distraction devices” into
the home and made entry. They discovered the remains of a white female in the
kitchen area of the home, who was later identified as Patricia Tyson (8-9-61). It
was confirmed that Walter Tyson, now apparent suspect, was in fact deceased
from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Terhune, reported by friends as a retired US Vietnam veteran and good Samaritan,
upon hearing the gunshots and recognizing local children in the area were in
danger went to confront Mr. Tyson. Investigators believe Mr. Terhune was
unaware he was walking into this deadly situation as he was going to confront a
person he believed was just recklessly discharging a weapon.
at LCSO want to express their condolences to the families and our community who
have been affected by this violent act. Sheriff McCallum wants to convey his
assurance to the Inglis community that we are committed to ensure their safety.
He also wishes to express his deepest gratitude to the members of the Marshal’s
Task Force, Sheriff Dawsy for his immediate response for assistance with both his
SWAT team members and forensics unit, the Inglis Fire Department, the Levy
County Department of Public Safety and the Alachua County Sheriff’s Office.
Without their cooperative efforts this tragic event would have taxed his
agencies resources and potentially lengthened this investigation. Their
assistance aided in the quickest possible resolution for the families and the
this investigation and requests the community’s assistance. If anyone has
information to aid the investigation we are asking them to contact LCSO at
352-486-5111 and ask for an investigator in the Criminal Investigations Unit.
Criminal Investigations Division
Levy County Sheriff’s Office