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The question isn't whether a Pembroke Pines police officer was justified in fatally shooting Vincent Hodgkiss in his home early Thursday morning, or whether illegal drug activity was taking place there.
The real question is this: Was a paramilitary-style dawn raid the best way to go about serving a drug-related search warrant?
Deputy Police Chief David Golt defended the use of the Special Response Team, Pembroke Pines' version of SWAT, to carry out the 6:30 a.m. raid that left Hodgkiss, 46, dead.
"We use SRT to serve all narcotics warrants," Golt said Friday. "You never know what you're going to encounter."