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July 31, 2013 — West Palm Beach

Police received a call from a woman who said that Moses McCray, 31, had threatened her.

He was armed, the caller said, and headed to Alpha Street in a 2011 Chevrolet HHR. McCray, wanted for failure to appear in court, arrived about an hour later.

West Palm Beach Police said that Officers David Washington, Christopher Clark and Christian Tomas, and Sgt. Joseph Herb followed him down the dead-end street on foot. They approached after McCray parked the Chevy. Authorities said that he twice accelerated the SUV toward officers, then pointed a pistol at Herb. Herb and Tomas opened fire, striking him several times. Read more

McCray was sentenced to 10 years in prison for aggravated assault on an officer, plus time for being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This was the 84th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Fort Myers .

Also on the same day, one officer shot one person in Oakland Park .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. McCray was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. McCray was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  3. McCray and 94 other people who police shot reportedly drove at an officer.
  4. McCray pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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