Deputy justified in shooting, state says
Detective Clint Cabbage of the Pasco County Sheriff's Office was justified in shooting Luther Hudson, a suspected drug dealer, according to the results of an investigation by the State Attorney's Office released Friday. Early on Feb. 20, the Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant on a house at 3550 Windham Road in Holiday, after an undercover investigation revealed crack cocaine being sold. As SWAT team members entered the home, Hudson shot at Cabbage from his bedroom, hitting him. Hudson fired once more, nearly missing other deputies. Cabbage fired, hitting Hudson. Hudson died from his injuries at Community Hospital. Cabbage had been on paid administrative leave as the State Attorney's Office conducted its investigation. His bulletproof vest saved his life, and he had no major injuries from being shot, the Sheriff's Office said.
Man is extradited in death of veteran
Francis Sicola, the man accused of killing an 82-year-old World War II veteran during a robbery last year, has been extradited from North Carolina and is now being held at the jail in Land O'Lakes. Sicola is accused of the Aug. 28 shooting of Joseph Wido, a retiree who earned a Bronze Star during World War II. The intruder shot Wido in the chest, tied up Mrs. Wido and looted the house of jewelry and $500. An attempted break-in a few hours earlier in the same area led detectives to Sicola. During that incident, a woman heard a noise, and her screams scared off a man who left his ski mask in the yard. DNA from that mask matched Sicola's, officials say. Detectives tracked down Sicola and found out he was in Yadkin County, N.C. He was arrested in January in North Carolina on a charge of first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
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