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Jan. 11, 2014 — Miami Gardens

Two officers responded to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex at about 10 p.m.

One officer separated two women from Randy Thomas, 44. Thomas walked away.

Officer Ryan Thompson ran after him and ordered him to stop. Instead, video showed Thomas wheeled around with a 9 mm pistol and chased Officer Thompson, firing. Read more

Officer Thompson eventually returned fire, as did his partner and an officer who arrived as backup. Thompson was hit in the thigh. Thomas was hit three times.

In April 2015, he was sentenced to life for being a felon in possession of a firearm. He also faced a first-degree attempted murder charge in Miami-Dade County.

This was the sixth police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Fort Pierce .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Thomas was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Thomas fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Thomas was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Thomas was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Thomas was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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