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Nov. 6, 2011 — Pensacola

A murder investigation led Officer Justin Roedel to approach two men parked in a maroon truck.

One ran away, and Roedel pursued. Roedel rounded an oak tree, where he was confronted by Anthony Michael Smith, 23.

Smith pointed a handgun at the officer, who fired, wounding Smith at least seven times, records show. At the hospital, two baggies of marijuana fell out of Smith's pockets. He and his companion, who escaped, were not involved in the murder. Read more

A few weeks later, Smith escaped by walking out of the hospital. He was captured in April 2011 and eventually sentenced to 12 years in prison.

This was the 114th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Lake Worth .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Royal Palm Beach .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Roedel 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. Officer approached Smith after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Smith was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Smith was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Officer was chasing Smith on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. Smith pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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