Fla. Senate honors slain Clay Co. detective

Detective shot killed, second wounded during meth lab raid last week

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The Florida Senate on Thursday honored a Clay County sheriff's deputy who was killed one week ago while investigating a tip about a meth laboratory.

With Deputy David Adam White's widow, Jennifer, and parents in attendance, the chamber unanimously passed a resolution expressing its sympathy.

Clay County Sheriff Rick Beseler was also present as Senate Resolution 2126 passed unanimously. It will be signed and presented to her.

Thursday would have been the 10th anniversary of the Whites' wedding.

"There's not a lot we can do other than give this expression of our love and gratitude for the service of your husband," Sen. John Trasher said to her. "I promise you it won't go unnoticed in this body as we deal with these kinds of issues in the future. I hope that's just a small token of what we can return to you for the great sacrifice that you have given up."

DOCUMENT: Senate resolution honoring Deputy David Adam White

Jennifer White and her parents received a long standing ovation from the senators.

"I can't believe she's here," said Stephen Wise, sponsor of the measure. "She told me she lost her best friend and is honored to receive this resolution."

"Other senators also spoke in support of the family that now must go without their loved one.

"What this tells us is the substance abuse problem in our state is unbelievably huge," Sen. Evelyn Lynn said. "It touches not only those involved with substances, but it touches the lives of innocent people such as your husband."

The 35-year-old detective died last week after a shootout at a Middleburg home. A suspect also was killed, and another detective was wounded.

White was a nine-year veteran of the sheriff's office. He also served in the Army.

Jerry Daniels, 16, remains in custody in connection with White's killing. He is charged with felony drug possession.

He was in the home on Alligator Boulevard with three men and two women when White was shot and killed and Detective Matthew Hanlin was shot in the arm by 36-year-old Ted Tilley, according to the Clay County Sheriff's Office. Tilley was shot and killed by other deputies as he ran out the back of the house, investigators said.

No others who were in the home have been charged but are still being questioned, according to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. They're identities have not been released.

Hanlin was discharged from Orange Park Medical Center on Monday morning and remains at home recuperating from his injuries and related surgery. As a witness to the shootings, he is a key part of the investigation, the Sheriff's Office said.

White was laid to rest Monday. About 4,000 people attended his funeral, the largest in Clay County.

Donations to assist White's family are being accepted at the Clay County Sheriff's Office Humanitarian Fund at the Heritage Bank in Orange Park, account No. 1520387212.

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