Thursday, February 16, 2012
February 16, 2012
For Immediate Release
Clay County Sheriff's Office (FL) Mourns Detective Killed in Line of Duty; Second Detective Injured
A nine-year veteran of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office was shot and killed in the line of duty this evening. 35-year-old CCSO Detective David White, a married father of two young children, was shot and killed by an armed suspect at a home located at 4874 Alligator Blvd. in Middleburg, Florida at approximately 6:25pm tonight. A second CCSO member, Det. Matthew Hanlin, was also shot by the suspect and is currently in surgery at Orange Park Medical Center (OPMC). Hanlin’s injury is to his upper left arm. His condition is considered serious but stable. Every effort was made to save Det. White’s life during medical transport, but he passed away as the result of his injuries at OPMC.
Many CCSO members responded to OPMC to be with their fellow deputies and to assist the victims’ families during this very difficult time.
Det. White and Det. Hanlin were working as part of a larger nine-man team conducting an investigation into a meth lab suspected to be located inside the home. The two approached the door of the home and encountered the suspect. Almost immediately, the adult male suspect began firing shots at the two detectives, hitting them both. The armed suspect (identification not yet available) then fled from the rear of the home where he encountered another member of the CCSO who shot and killed the suspect. The suspect died at the scene.
In all, there were six males in the home at the time of the incident. Five were taken into custody and detained for questioning and the sixth is deceased. Further investigation is now ongoing to determine the identities and potential criminal backgrounds of all six suspects/men. This includes information that one or more of them may have been living illegally in the home as “squatters”, i.e. did not own the home, were not paying rent or otherwise living there with permission of the owner.
The Florida Department of Law Enforcement was notified of tonight’s incident and sent members immediately to assist with both the investigation of the shooting incident and the meth lab processing and clean up. The shooting/meth lab scene remains active with many personnel from the CCSO, FDLE and Clay County Fire Rescue on scene assisting.
More information will be released as it becomes available.