On November 22 a Florida man who has previously threatened police officers set his Tallahassee home on fire, then hid outside the home and killed Leon County Sheriff’s Deputy Christopher Smith, one of the first law enforcement officers who arrived on the scene.
USA Today reported the gunman was 53-year-old Curtis Wade Holley.
Holley came out of hiding once Smith walked by him, and then shot Smith in the back.
According to The Florida Times-Union, Holley’s “name and address had been entered into the law enforcement computer system because of previous threats” but the house fire was called in by a neighbor and the 911 dispatcher entered the neighbor’s address, which prevented the alert from being triggered.
Holley stole the deputy’s gun after killing him, then walked down the street firing the weapon randomly. While walking he passed the home of Tallahassee police officer Scott Angulo, who went outside and joined another deputy in engaging Holley.
Angulo shot Holley to death after a heated gun battle.
Deputy Smith was a 42-year-old husband and father of two.
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