Justifiable force used in death of detective's killer

Published On: Aug 03 2012 04:52:33 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 03 2012 04:58:53 PM EDT

Ted Tilley


The state attorney's office has released its review of the Clay County raid that ended with the death of a detective and a suspect.

In the report, the shooting death of Ted Tilley at the hands of Clay County deputies was found to be justified.

The 36-year-old was killed in February as investigators zeroed in on a Middleburg house after receiving tips of a meth lab.

When Tilley answered the door, he opened fire, hitting Detective David White. White died on the way to the hospital.

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On Friday, Sheriff Rick Beseler released a statement about the report, which reads, "This confirms what we knew from the beginning; the suspect was a clear, present and immediate threat to the lives of our members at the scene. The detectives' use of force was not only justified but necessary."

Four other suspects charged in connection with White's death waived their right to a speedy trial Thursday.

Detective Matthew Hanlin was also shot during the raid and has since recovered.


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