Suspect in double homicide captured in Gulf Breeze

A fugitive from North Carolina, suspected of shooting two women and burning the house they were in, has been captured in Gulf Breeze.

According to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office statement, Paul Eugene Snow was captured on Monday, Nov. 21 at around 5 p.m. after a citizen flagged down a deputy regarding a man who was trespassing on commercial property in the area of Highway 98 and Nature’s Way.  

The deputy made contact with an extremely nervous Snow who was sitting near some bushes behind the property.  Based on the identification produced, dispatch advised Snow had an active warrant out of North Carolina for failure to register as a sex offender and was known to be armed and extremely dangerous.  He was taken into custody without incident.

According to a Macon County Sheriff’s Office press release on Nov. 17, Snow is the suspect in a double homicide in Franklin, North Carolina.  On Nov. 6, shortly after midnight, a house fire was reported on Creekside Drive of Macon County.

When firefighters arrived, the home was fully engulfed by fire.  Two bodies were located in the burned out home.  It was later determined they had died as a result of gun shot wounds and were deceased before the fire.  

The missing male from the home was identified as Paul Eugene Snow, age 50 and the son of one of the females found deceased.  He had been living in the residence up until the night the fire destroyed the home.  

Snow initially cooperated with the investigators but as of Nov. 17 was unaccounted for.  Macon County Sheriff’s Office was seeking information about his location. 

Snow is currently being held in Santa Rosa County jail without bond.

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