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Suspect never lived at home raided by police

Suspect in NW Jax shooting sent letters to half-brother living at man's house

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – The arrest of a person of interest in a deadly shooting that killed three people last Sunday made one northwest Jacksonville man livid, because his house was a target of police leading up to the arrest.

Prior to 21-year-old David Anderson’s arrest after a standoff with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office SWAT team Wednesday morning, police raided another northwest Jacksonville home where Anderson was listed as a resident.

Hours before Anderson surrendered to police, they raided the home of Richard White, who lives at an address Anderson had listed as living at when he was released from jail for a previous conviction. 

When police went to the house where Anderson was listed as a resident, White told them that Anderson never lived there, but  that Anderson’s 6-year-old half-brother does. Now, White said he is upset with the scrutiny to his home.

White said police surrounded his house around 7 a.m. Wednesday morning.

“I’m here at this house with police pointing guns at me, saying they think David Anderson is here because the curtains are moving and it’s him moving the curtain,” White said. “He’s (Anderson’s half-brother) looking out seeing people. When he wakes me up, I see what’s happening, (and) there’s guns pointing at me.”

The link between White and Anderson comes because White said he raised three of Anderson’s brothers over the years. White told News4Jax he was their legal guardian, and he currently still has legal custody of Anderson’s half-brother.

White never had custody of Anderson at any time, and said he has never lived with him. White said he isn’t sure why authorities assumed Anderson was at his home.

“Maybe because his brother stayed here? Maybe because he wrote letters? He’s never stayed here,” White said. 

Anderson sent letters to his brothers from jail while he was locked up for a previous felony.

When White’s home wound up on the news in connection with Anderson’s case, it upset him even further. He said his neighbors have all started to question if he was doing something wrong.

“My neighbors think I’m some kind of drug dealer or something,” White said. “This is my record, United States record. Airborne division. I worked on pershing missiles, nuclear missiles. I’ve done all this, and this is the first time I’ve had guns pointed at me by police in any country.”

When asked why he cared for some of Anderson’s siblings, but never Anderson, White said it was because Anderson was in the foster care system at the time when he would have taken custody.

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