NICEVILLE, Fla. – A tragic incident occurred at Oak Creek Plaza in Niceville, resulting in the death of a local food truck owner, Mike Ledford. The 42-year-old was fatally stabbed on Friday night, leading to the arrest of 24-year-old Dylan Deschaine, who is currently facing charges related to the incident.
According to police, the authorities responded to the scene after receiving multiple 911 calls reporting a possible gunshot victim behind CVS at the plaza. Upon arrival, they found Ledford inside a truck with severe injuries, which were later determined to be caused by a sharp-edged weapon, not a gunshot.
Following the tragic discovery, Ledford was transported to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries. Meanwhile, the suspect’s mother contacted the authorities during the investigation, revealing that her son may have been involved in the incident. This led to negotiations that ultimately resulted in the suspect turning himself in to the police.
Deschaine was ultimately apprehended at a gas station in Niceville, where he was found hiding in the bathroom. Upon arrest, he was found to have injuries on his hand and was promptly taken to Fort Walton Beach Medical Center for treatment, before being transferred to the Okaloosa County Jail. As of now, he is being held without bond.
The tragic loss of Mike Ledford has deeply affected the local community, especially those who knew him through his food truck business, “My Ohana.” The investigation into the incident is ongoing, and police have indicated that further charges may be pending as they continue to gather evidence and information related to the case.
The sudden and senseless loss has left the community in shock, and investigations are underway to ensure that justice is served for the beloved local business owner, Mike Ledford.