Construction worker kills contractor in Panama City work dispute

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A construction worker was arrested after he allegedly shot and killed a Taylorville, Illinois, man in Panama City during a work dispute on Oct. 26.

Panama City Police say that David Donaldson, 40, of Havana, Florida, was charged with second-degree murder with a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm in the shooting death of Gordon McKinney, 55.

The police statement says members of the police department, Bay County Sheriff’s Office and other emergency personnel rushed to a shopping plaza about 9:30 a.m. after callers reported a shooting.

Donaldson was taken into custody without incident. McKinney was taken to a local hospital for treatment of multiple gunshot wounds, but was later pronounced dead.

The State Journal-Register reports that McKinney’s daughter, Cortney McKinney, said her father owned Hoss Style Contracting. She said McKinney traveled all over the country for his job and he had been on the project in Panama City since June.

McKinney, who is an attorney and lives in Texas, said her father was supposed to wrap up work there and come back to Taylorville on Oct. 30.

Police said investigators learned that Donaldson had been doing related work for a company that McKinney had subcontracted.

While behind the plaza, there was an altercation between the two men over differences in a work product. During the altercation, Donaldson pulled a gun and shot McKinney, police said.


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