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March 17, 2009 — Okaloosa

Ronald Willard, 39, was wanted for shooting Jason Ward near the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds shortly after 3 a.m.

Willard fled onto Eglin Air Force Base, leading deputies down back roads until he ditched his car. Eglin's Security Forces and Range Patrol were called in.

Airmen found Willard around 8:20 a.m. crossing a road. He fired at them with his assault rifle and they returned fire, striking him once in the abdomen, reports stated. Read more

He was found guilty of aggravated battery, aggravated assault without intent to kill and other charges. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

This was the 36th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Miami Beach .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Lake Worth .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Willard fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Willard was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Willard was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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