Ross Johnson, amateur MMA fighter, accused of killing U.S. Airman in bar fight
Ross Johnson, 23, of Carterville, Illinois, has been charged with manslaughter in the death of Air Force Airman 1st Class Dayvon Larry, 31, of Malone, Florida, authorities said Tuesday.
Johnson, an amateur mixed martial arts fighter, is accused in the death of a U.S. airman who was fatally struck outside a Florida bar.
According to a report from NBC News, “fights broke out Sunday both outside and inside the Coyote Ugly Saloon. Larry did not participate but may have known someone involved in an argument that preceded the fights, according to an incident report from the Panama City Beach Police Department.”
Larry was punched once in a parking lot near the bar, police said.
Security personnel broke up the fight outside, found Larry and called first responders, who administered CPR before they took him to a hospital, where he died, police said.
Johnson was identified as a suspect based on security video, police said. Investigators said he gave conflicting narratives about what led up to his altercation with Larry but ultimately confessed, police said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Tyndall Air Force Base, Florida, confirmed an airman died Monday but did not identify the person.
Police identified Johnson as an MMA fighter. A search on Tapology.com shows two amateur MMA, and one professional with the name Ross Johnson.
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