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Two Deputies Shot, One Killed in Meth Lab Bust

8:06 AM, Feb 17, 2012   |    comments
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MIDDLEBURG, Fla. -- A Clay County deputy is dead and another is in the hospital after a meth lab bust went badly Thursday night.

A news release from Mary Justino with the sheriff's office says Detective David White was shot and killed while approaching a home at 4874 Alligator Blvd. in Middleburg at about 6:25 p.m.

White died on the way to the hospital, the release says.

The 35-year-old narcotics detective was married and left behind two toddler-aged children, Sheriff Rick Beseler said in a news conference. 

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White had been with the sheriff's office for nine years and served in patrol and detective units before moving to narcotics. Prior to becoming a deputy, Beseler said White was in the army.

A second deputy, Detective Matt Hanlin, was shot in the upper left arm. According to a release from Justino at 12:22 a.m. Friday, Hanlin's surgery was successful. He remains in serious, but stable condition. Justino said he is expected to recover. 

The detectives were part of a nine-man team that was looking into the suspected meth lab.

Almost as soon as White and Hanlin went up to the home's door, a man inside opened fire and hit them both. 

After shooting the deputies, the suspect ran to the back of the house where he was shot and killed by another CCSO deputy.  That suspect died at the scene.

The five other men who were inside the home at the time of the shooting were arrested, and Justino said some of them may have been squatting in the house, or staying there without paying.

FDLE will step in to help out with the meth lab investigation and cleanup, as well as investigating the shooting.

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