Suspected drug dealer fatally shot by Tampa police

Published On: May 28 2014 07:08:19 AM EDT
TAMPA, Fla. -

A suspected drug dealer is dead after a SWAT team shot him during the execution of a search warrant at his home in Tampa.

The incident unfolded Tuesday night in Tampa's Riverbend area.

According to Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy, 29-year-old Jason Joseph Westcott had been under investigation for months, with undercover officers making multiple marijuana purchases at the home.

She says that during each transaction, Westcott was armed with a handgun.

On Tuesday night, a man who answered the door didn't resist. As the SWAT team went toward a bedroom, the door opened and Westcott was pointing a handgun at them. Two officers fired at least twice.

Westcott was taken to a hospital, where he later died.

The officers are on administrative leave until an investigation is completed.


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