Homicide suspect reported deceased

Published 6:47 pm Wednesday, August 21, 2019

A homicide suspect with LaGrange connections is dead following a self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to a press release from the Gulf County (Florida) Sheriff’s Office.

Stephen Michael Smith, 34, was sought in the murder investigation of Daniel Lee Upton, 30, of Lakeland, Florida. Smith was pulled over on Highway 98 in Gulf County Tuesday evening and as law enforcement surrounded the vehicle, he took his own life, according to the press release.

Smith was also wanted for absconding from a work release program at the Clayton County Transition Center, where he serving a sentence for a robbery in 2016.

Smith had connections to LaGrange and had a prior arrest to the area, according to Stewart Smith with the Troup County Sheriff’s Office. He also had a Roanoke, Alabama, address.