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April 20, 2012 — Pensacola

Sheriff's Deputy Brett Heubach shot Shanterika Thomas, 24, three times after telling her to drop what appeared to be a semi-automatic pistol, according to the state attorney's office.

The weapon turned out to be broken BB pistol, an exact replica of a Smith & Wesson handgun.

The Pensacola News Journal reported that Heubach was working off-duty at the time and that he responded to a disturbance call at Fairfield Villas. Witnesses said that Thomas was threatening a neighbor over a disputed babysitting payment, first with a large stick and then with what appeared to be a handgun. Read more

Deputy Heubach saw Thomas holding what he thought was a pistol and ordered her to put the weapon down. Witnesses confirmed that the deputy told Thomas numerous times to drop the weapon and Thomas also acknowledged that she heard the deputy's orders.

Thomas was manipulating the weapon and Heubach saw her turn the weapon in his direction. He opened fire. Thomas was convicted on three counts of aggravated assault and sentenced to 48 months probation.

This was the 39th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Six days earlier, four officers shot one person in St. Augustine .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Panama City .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Thomas did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Thomas was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Thomas were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Thomas pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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