Report: Justifiable Force Used in Meth Lab Raid

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

MIDDLEBURG, Fla. (AP) -- August 5, 2012

Authorities say north Florida sheriff's deputies used justifiable force in a shootout during a meth lab raid that ended with a detective and a suspect dead.

A State Attorney's Office review says Clay County Sheriff's deputies fatally shot Ted Arthur Tilley in response to the shots Tilley fired at them during the February raid.

The review released Friday said Tilley and other suspects had meth in their systems when the shootings occurred. Sheriff Rick Beseler told The Florida Time-Union (http://bit.ly/NT11Xa ) that the review "confirms what we knew from the beginning."

Detective David White was among nine deputies and detectives investigating a tip about the lab in a Middleburg home. White was fatally shot and another detective was wounded in the shootout.

Three suspects face first-degree murder charges in White's death.


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