Hugh Barrington Smith Died After Police Shooting and Chase, but Details Remain a Mystery (UPDATED)
|Investigators moved vehicles in front of the scene to block news crews from filming it.|
The incident began after cops pulled over Smith's Honda Accord at the Georgia Pig restaurant in Davie. After a long altercation, Smith resisted arrest, and deputies used a Taser to try to stun him, according to this news release. When that didn't
It ended when Smith's car went airborne and struck a tree. The release states that he died at the scene, but it doesn't say whether he died from shots fired during the shooting or from the crash.
That's not the only thing BSO isn't releasing. That includes: Smith's address, the names of deputies who fired shots, how many shots were fired, and why Smith was being sought by deputies.
BSO says Smith had an "extensive" criminal history and had been under investigation by a multi-agency taskforce. The reason for that investigation isn't clear, and without Smith's address, it's difficult for news agencies to confirm BSO's claims of his criminal past.
When investigators dug through Smith's car, they say, the found large quantities of drugs and $46,000 in cash. But during the crash investigation, BSO officials moved large vehicles in front of the scene to block news cameras.
What were they hiding? BSO spokesman Mike Jachles didn't return a phone call from the Juice this morning, so it looks like we'll add that to the list of mysteries surrounding Smith's death.
Update: Jachles called to say there isn't much he can release because it remains an ongoing investigation. He said he didn't see anything odd about the details that haven't been released.
"It's still an open investigation. This is a guy who was the subject of an investigation, and it's still open," he said.
Asked why BSO wouldn't, at least, release the name of the deputy who fired, Jachles said: "It's not CSI Miami where it's done in five minutes."