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ShotSpotter aids quick arrest, showcases potential against Escambia County gun violence

December 8, 2023

WEAR-TV reported on a quick arrest enabled by a ShotSpotter activation in Escambia County. Before a 911 call could even be placed, a ShotSpotter alert sent deputies to the scene of a shooting. Their quick response ultimately led to the arrest of a suspected shooter who had little to no time to get away. “I think in this situation, the value of ShotSpotter is that we were already enroute to the location and had the shooter been in a vehicle, we might’ve seen him leaving the scene,” explained Escambia County Sheriff Chip Simmons. “In this case, he didn’t leave the scene. We were able to confront him.” The suspect faces a charge of attempted murder and gun-related offenses.