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March 9, 2009 — West Palm Beach

Javery Holliday, 18, and his cousin, Derrick Mortin, 18, robbed a Circle K convenience store around 2:30 a.m.

Two deputies responded while the robbery was in progress. When the pair came out, Holliday was holding a gun and Mortin was reaching for his waistband, authorities said. Deputy Kevin Drummond fired, wounding both men. It turned out that Holliday was holding a BB gun, and Mortin was grabbing his pants with both hands. Holliday, hit in the head, died. Mortin was struck in the foot.

Mortin was convicted of robbery and murder. Florida law allows defendants to be charged with murder if someone dies during the course of a serious crime like robbery, even if they did not pull the trigger. Read more

Mortin received more than eight years in prison. Kilien Cesar, 19, who waited in the car during the robbery, received 30 years for two counts of armed robbery and 10 years for second-degree murder.

This was the 32nd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Indian River .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Marathon .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Police thought Mortin, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  2. Holliday was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Holliday and Mortin were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Holliday and Mortin were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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