PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) - Florida Panhandle authorities say a man wanted in connection with three homicides has been captured in Alabama.
The Bay County Sheriff's Office tells The News Herald (http://bit.ly/1kPC6zo ) that Derrick Ray Thompson was taken into custody without incident early Tuesday in Troy, Alabama, on a warrant for the slaying of nightclub owner Allen Johnson.
Thompson also was wanted for questioning in the deaths of a Milton couple, Steven and Debra Zackowski.
The sheriff's office has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to release more details about Thompson's arrest.
Deputies were en route to serve Thompson with a homicide warrant and begin the process for extraditing him to Florida, said Bay County State Attorney's Office spokesman David Angier.
Authorities issued a nationwide alert for Thompson and Johnson's truck after Johnson was found shot to death Monday in his Lynn Haven home. Santa Rosa County authorities say the bodies of Zackowskis were discovered fatally shot Sunday in their home.
Thompson was driving Johnson's truck, and he had several handguns and a rifle in the vehicle with him, Troy Police Department Lt. Brian Weed told the Pensacola News Journal (http://on.pnj.com/1nviGFE ).
He was captured at a property owned by an acquaintance, Weed said.
Thompson also was wanted on a warrant for grand theft related to the theft of several items and a vehicle from the Zackowskis' residence, but he has not been charged in their slayings.
Deputies were called to the Zackowskis' home Saturday, after Steven Zackowski accused Thompson of stealing several items including house keys, according to a Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office offense report.
Thompson had been hired to do some electrical work at the Zackowskis' home, according to authorities.
Johnson and Thompson were acquaintances, Bay County authorities said.
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