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March 9, 2009 — Indian River

Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Michael Coulter and county deputies were chasing carjacking suspect Carlos Javier Perez-Alonso on Interstate 95.

Perez-Alonso lost control as he drove onto the median to pass a car. He jumped out of the SUV with a knife in his hand. As he neared the tree-line, he turned and fired a BB pistol at Coulter just as the trooper fired six shots. Perez-Alonso, 32, died at the hospital.

Authorities said that around 3 p.m. he had knocked down a woman at a gas station, then ran over her leg as he sped off in her Ford Explorer. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Perez-Alonso fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Perez-Alonso was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Perez-Alonso were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officer were chasing Perez-Alonso on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. Perez-Alonso pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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