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Feb. 20, 2009 — Holiday

Luther Hudson, 38, was suspected of running a drug house and had a history of violence against law enforcement officials.

After an undercover investigation, Detective Clint Cabbage and a SWAT team entered the house with a search warrant. Hudson opened fire from the bedroom, police said, striking Cabbage.

The detective's bullet-resistant vest saved his life. Read more

Hudson fired again. Cabbage then fired his shotgun twice, hitting Hudson in the chest.

Hudson was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Investigations by the State Attorney's Office and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement determined that Cabbage was justified in shooting Hudson.

This was the 25th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

Five days later, four officers shot one person in Miami .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Det. Cabbage was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Hudson was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Hudson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  5. Hudson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  6. Hudson pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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