A man shot in the face in Navarre is in stable condition, but he could face drug possession charges after responding officers allegedly found marijuana in his home.
The victim, William Michael Johnson, had a bullet wound completely through his cheek. The man who allegedly shot him during a drug deal gone bad has been taken
into custody a few days after the shooting.
Jonalbert Figueroa Vidal, 20, is charged with first degree felony attempted homicide and first degree felony robbery with a firearm.
Also in custody is Navarre resident Cody James Gomez, 20, who allegedly fled the scene with Vidal after the shooting. Gomez was wanted on a separate felony probation violation charge.
According to a sheriff’s office press release, the shooting occurred at 2731 Shoreview Court in Navarre on the evening of March 23.
According to Johnson’s sworn statement to officers, Gomez and his friend, later identified as Vidal, came to Johnson’s home. Vidal allegedly shot Johnson and then fled with Gomez in a white car. A white car was observed on a neighbors surveillance camera obtained by officers.
Johnson called 911, and when deputies arrived the police report says he denied officers access to his home. A search warrant was obtained, and the house was searched for shell casings and the round.
The deputy stated in his police report that the house was in disarray with trash on the floor. There were blood trails throughout the house indicating Johnson had been moving throughout the residence.
Officers observed what appeared to be a bullet hole through a fish tank stand and out the other side of the house. No shell casings were found by officers.
What officers did find were two quart size bags of what appeared to be marijuana and a scale in the master bedroom and master bathroom.
Johnson was taken to Baptist Hospital. He had suffered a fractured jaw and required surgery. He is in stable condition and remains in the hospital as of last update.
He does not currently face any charges.
A search for Gomez was unsuccessful until March 24. He was located by officers in Mary Esther. Vidal was also at the residence. Both men were taken into custody. A white Ford Focus in the driveway matched the vehicle description from the surveillance video.
A sworn statement by an unnamed woman indicated that the two men were going to Johnson’s home to purchase weed.
Vidal consented to a search of the Mary Esther residence, indicating to officers that there would be marijuana inside.
According to the police report, in the “smoking room” a 9 mm pistol was recovered in a floor air duct. 9 mm ammunition was also recovered by officers.
Vidal and Gomez are both currently being held in Santa Rosa County Jail without bond.