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Dec. 16, 2012 — Pensacola

Officers Matthew Coverdale and Jeremy Pillow were investigating a shots fired report when they found Timothy Lowe in a hotel parking lot.

He was holding a pistol and standing opposite a white car. Coverdale, a field training officer, said that he ordered Lowe, 28, to drop his weapon but instead he began raising it toward the officers. Both fired, wounding Lowe once in the left thigh. Lowe dropped the gun and ran.

Coverdale caught him in the backyard of a house. The investigation revealed that Lowe had shot the driver of the white car in the leg after the two men argued about drugs. Read more

Lowe was convicted of attempted second-degree murder, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting with violence and cocaine possession. He was sentenced to 25 years in prison.

This was the 127th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Clearwater .

Three days later, two officers shot one person in Fort Pierce .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lowe tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  2. Lowe was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Lowe was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officers was chasing Lowe on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. Lowe pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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