The Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Fla.

The Coyote Ugly Saloon in Panama City Beach, Fla. (Google Maps)

A mixed martial arts fighter has been charged with manslaughter in the death of an airman from Tyndall Air Force Base, Fla., according to police and media accounts.

Ross Johnson, 23, of Carterville, Ill., was charged in the death early Monday of Airman 1st Class Dayvon Larry, 31, of Malone, Fla., according to police in Panama City Beach, Fla.

Police alleged that Johnson punched Larry once around 12:30 a.m. during a fight outside the Coyote Ugly Saloon, police Sgt. Nick Tomlinson told Stars and Stripes by phone Tuesday evening.

Larry was not involved in fights that erupted inside and outside the bar prior to the altercation with Johnson, but may have known someone else involved, NBC News reported Tuesday.

Sunday was the conclusion of spring break in the area, a period that typically attracts tourists and college students for parties and recreation. Tomlinson said a friend told police that Johnson is a mixed martial arts competitor, but the sergeant had no further information on why Johnson was in town.

After security broke up the fight outside, they called first responders who treated Larry at the scene, according to Tomlinson. Larry died at a hospital, according to NBC, which cited an incident report from the Panama City Beach Police Department.

Surveillance camera footage identified Johnson, who provided conflicting accounts but eventually admitted striking Larry, NBC reported.

A spokesperson for Tyndall Air Force Base could not be reached Tuesday evening. Coyote Ugly Saloon also could not be reached for comment.

Malone is about 80 miles north of Panama City Beach and 75 miles from Tyndall, where Larry was stationed, according to police.

Tyndall is about 20 miles south of Panama City Beach.

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Joseph Ditzler is a Marine Corps veteran and the Pacific editor for Stars and Stripes. He’s a native of Pennsylvania and has written for newspapers and websites in Alaska, California, Florida, New Mexico, Oregon and Pennsylvania. He studied journalism at Penn State and international relations at the University of Oklahoma.

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