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Feb. 16, 2012 — Middleburg

Members of the Clay County Sheriff's Narcotics Unit were investigating a possible methamphetamine lab at a house on Alligator Boulevard.

The owner gave permission to deputies to do a search. Around 6:15 p.m., deputies forced their way in after smelling meth chemicals when the occupants opened the door.

Ryan Wilder was being handcuffed when Ted Tilley ran across the living room and opened fire, killing Det. David White and hitting Det. Matthew Hanlin in the arm. Read more

Tilley, 36, ran out of the back of the house, where Det. Andy McCrea was stationed. When Tilley raised his gun toward him, McCrea shot and killed him.

Deputies later learned that Tilley and Wilder were cooking meth when detectives conducted their "knock-and-talk." Two women and a juvenile were also arrested.

McCrea was cleared and the shooting ruled justified. He was later presented the department's medal of honor.

This was the 16th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Pompano Beach .

Two days later, three officers shot one person in Hialeah .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Tilley was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Tilley fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Tilley killed a police officer. This was one of seven shootings that happened after an officer was killed.
  4. Tilley was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Tilley was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Tilley pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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