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April 21, 2009 — Tampa

Thomas Ford McCoy, 42, was suspected of murdering Curtis Brown in DeFuniak Springs on April 10.

Members of a U.S. Marshals task force approached McCoy as he was leaving a hotel on Busch Boulevard. Ordered to the ground, McCoy instead wheeled on the officers with a gun in his hand, according to reports. Deputy Marshal Christopher Kipp fired three shots, hitting McCoy twice, in the shoulder and buttocks. McCoy also fired but did not hit anyone.

He was found guilty of first-degree murder, aggravated assault on an officer, and resisting with violence. He was sentenced to death. McCoy had been diagnosed with bipolar disorder and depression. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. McCoy was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. McCoy fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. McCoy was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. McCoy pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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