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Oct. 10, 2011 — Pensacola

Cecilia Harris called police at 7:30 p.m. to report that her son was acting strangely.

Across the street, auxiliary Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Tabbatha Nussbaumer, 36, was taking a shower when her 9-year-old son told her that a man was downstairs. Sean Harris, 24, was armed with a bow and arrow and demanded money. Nussbaumer lured him outside by telling him that there was money in her truck.

On the way to the driveway, Harris took the car keys and began taking off his clothes. He eventually dropped the bow and arrow and began fondling himself. Nussbaumer reached into her truck and turned around to face Harris with a gun. Read more

She told him to get on the ground. Nussbaumer said Harris smiled and moved toward her. She pulled the trigger, fatally wounding him in the abdomen.

Toxicology results indicated Harris had taken a variety of drugs. The state attorney reported that Nussbaumer was within her rights to fire under the state's stand your ground law.

This was the 105th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, five officers shot one person in Miami .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Tampa .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Harris was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Harris was shot after friends, family, or others called the police to ask for help in getting Harris emergency mental health services. That’s a factor in 6 percent of cases.
  3. Harris was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .

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