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Florida meth trafficker shot after opening fire on drug task force officers

September 8, 2016  |  Posted by: JammedUp Staff
Florida meth trafficker shot after opening fire on drug task force officers

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Members of a narcotics task force shot a suspected meth trafficker multiple times after a shootout occurred during a targeted traffic stop on Wednesday afternoon in Lakeland, Florida, officials said.

According to ABC Action News, a High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Task Force pulled over a Dodge Charger around 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday.

During a press conference, Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the suspect, identified as 32-year-old Francis Perry, opened fire as task force officers approached the vehicle, sparking an exchange of gunfire.

Judd added that the windows on the Charger were so dark, responding officers had no clue what they were up against until the suspect started firing.

“The windows were blacked out we could not see into the car at all, as the officers and the deputy walked up to the car he started shooting, which is when we started shooting.”

“Officers were met with gunfire from the passenger side of the car at the HIDTA officers,” Judd said.

Perry suffered multiple gunshot wounds in the exchange with cops. Emergency responders rushed Perry to an area hospital where he underwent surgery. His current condition remains unknown.

The alleged meth trafficker was given a conditional release from prison in March after serving a year and a half for possession of methamphetamine and assault with a deadly weapon.

Judd said at the time of the shooting, Perry had a warrant for his arrest when members of the task force spotted him.

“It started out as a traffic stop of a violent person. We respect life; we expect the community to respect us back, and the overwhelming do. But, when they shoot at us we will shoot back that’s a guarantee.”

The task force involved in the shooting consisted of officers from four police departments including Polk County Sheriff’s Office, Haines City Police, Winter Haven Police, and Lake Wales Police.

“I am thankful to God that every one of those officers and the deputy involved in this were not hurt, we are very fortunate we are not out here talking about an officer that has been shot,” Winter Haven Police Chief Charlie Bird said at a press conference.

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