March 6, 2018
Florala, AL – A warrant for the charge of Murder has been issued in a shooting death that occurred in the parking lot local restaurant in Florala, AL.
At approximately 11:58 a.m., Sunday, the Florala Police Department received reports of a shooting in the parking lot of the Huddle House Restaurant, 1076 3rd St. When officers arrived, they found Tekevious Best, 31, of Spartanburg, S.C., suffering from what was believed to be multiple gunshot wounds.
It is believed that Best came into town to see his children. While in the parking lot of the restaurant, Best and Phillip Parker, 24 of Mobile, AL got into a heated argument over the Best’s children and Parker shot Best in the chest with a handgun.
Parker immediately fled the area. Best died from his injuries while being transported to a Life Flight aircraft.
A BOLO (be on the lookout) was issued to neighboring counties.
Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies were diligently following leads on possible locations of the suspect in Walton County along U.S. Highway 331 North heading toward Interstate 10.
Shortly after, Walton County dispatchers received a tip from a citizen who heard the BOLO on a local radio station and advised deputies that Parker was heading back north on Highway 85 towards Alabama. Walton County Sheriff’s Deputies met Parker as he crossed over into Walton County on Highway 85 and conducted a felony traffic stop at County Road 147.
Covington County Sheriff Dennis Meeks was on scene when the suspect was taken into custody.
A Covington County murder warrant and $750,000 bond has been issued for Parker, who is facing extradition back to Alabama.