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Levonia Riggins, 22
Tampa, Florida
August 30, 2016

Agencies: Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office Florida

Last updated: about 1 year ago

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Unarmed 22 year-old Levonia Riggins was shot and killed by a Hillsborough sheriff's deputy fatally shot Tuesday morning, August 30, 2016 as a SWAT team raided a Clair-Mel area home looking for illegal narcotics, the Sheriff's Office reported.

According to police, when investigators arrived at the house at 1432 Longwood Loop with a search warrant about 8 a.m., everyone inside came out except for Riggins, the major said. Others who left the house told deputies Riggins was inside, most likely in the rear, sheriff's spokeswoman Debbie Carter said in a news release.

That's when Deputy Caleb Johnson, 32, a seven-year veteran of the agency, entered the house with fellow SWAT members. According to police, Deputy Johnson visually located Riggins in a bedroom, at which time Johnson perceived Riggins as an immediate threat and fired one shot, striking Riggins.

Riggins was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died.

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