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Dec. 23, 2011 — Pensacola

Officers from the narcotics unit were conducting "citizen contacts" in an area known for drugs and violent crimes.

According to authorities, just before 6 p.m., detectives reached the parking lot of Tom, Anne and Buddy's Lounge. Sgt. John Austin and Officer Shawn Thompson attempted to arrest Robert Donson, 25, for carrying a weapon.

Donson, officers said, spun around and began to flail and struggle, while also reaching for his left jacket pocket. Unable to subdue him, Officer Thompson fired one shot point-blank into Donson's left side. A handgun was found in Donson's pocket. Read more

Witnesses claimed that the police did not identify themselves. They were in plainclothes and wore masks. They also wore ballistic vests with "Police" on them.

A jury found Donson not guilty of aggravated assault. Donson pleaded guilty to carrying a concealed weapon.

This was the 129th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Hudson .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Thompson was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Donson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Donson was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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