JCSO releases information on Saturday’s homicide


On August 8,2020, units from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to Thomas Porter Park, located at 6934 Grand Ridge, Florida in reference to a shooting.

Numerous witnesses on scene stated the victim, 19-year-old, Blake Cain and the suspect, 20-year-old Steven Mantecon, had engaged into a verbal altercation earlier in the day which led to the shooting.

Both Cain and Mantecon agreed to meet at Porter Park to engage in physical combat.When they met at the park, a verbal altercation again ensued which led to Mantecon leaving Porter Park.

Approximately 10-15 minutes later, Mantecon returned to Porter Park, armed with a semi-automatic rifle. Witnesses stated that Mantecon opened fire into the crowd striking Cain. Mantecon also struck three vehicles, one of which was occupied at the time.

No other injuries were noted by the witnesses.

A short time later, Mantecon was located at his residence on Shady Grove Road in Grand Ridge.

Mantecon was taken into custody, without incident, and transported to Jackson County Correctional Facility to wait first appearance.Steven Mantecon has been charged with an open count of murder. More charges are pending.


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