• Misinformation causing arrest delay in Nippers fatal shooting case

    By: Catherine Varnum


    JACKSONVILLE BEACH, Fla. - Police say they are trying to get to the heart of what led up to the deadly shooting at Nippers Beach Grille on Thursday night.

    Misinformation is one of the reasons why investigators say they have not announced an arrest in the case. 

    Four days after a chaotic scene at Nippers , a family is still waiting to find out how and why Zachariah Tipton was killed. 

    "I don't know what to say," said Tipton's father, Jimmy Carter, told Action News on Friday. "Lot of people there, lot of witnesses." 

    On Monday, Action News went to the Jacksonville Beach Police Department to find out where the investigation stands.

    A spokesman told us detectives are still interviewing 230-plus witnesses and trying to figure out what exactly went down.

    He said the reason it's taking so long is misinformation, witnesses not giving accurate information and rumors on blogs and social media sites. He said all of that has to be investigated and ruled out.

    Carter is just hoping for answers about why his son was killed. He said he wasn't even allowed to see his son's body to say goodbye. 

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