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Jan. 13, 2010 — Greenwood

Deputy Michael Baxter responded to a robbery in progress at the PeoplesSouth Bank in Greenwood.

He saw Larry Williams, 46, running from the bank and pursued him, first in his car then on foot. Authorities said that Williams tossed the money, then pointed his handgun at Baxter. Baxter fired, wounding him twice in the torso. Williams' gun was not loaded.

Three men who had been seen in a getaway car parked across from the bank were also arrested. Williams claimed that he had been coerced by one of the men, who had threatened his family. A repeat offender, he was sentenced to life. The other men each received five years. Read more

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Williams was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Williams was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Williams was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officer was chasing Williams on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. Williams pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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