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Aug. 8, 2012 — North Fort Myers

Members of the Fugitive Warrants Unit and the U.S. Marshals Service went to an apartment on Laurel Drive to arrest Billy Ray Retherford, 42, in connection with the killing of Debra Striano in July.

He was also suspected in the shooting death of 61-year-old Gregory Imhoff hours earlier. Marshals set up a perimeter while Lee County Deputies Michael Tamulionis and Richard Russo entered the residence.

Retherford was told he was under arrest. He raised his right hand, which was at his side, pointing a gun at the deputies. Read more

Both deputies fired, killing him.

Retherford's nephew, Dustin Jaye, 23, was found guilty of first-degree murder in the botched robbery of Striano.

This was the 87th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Cocoa .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Homestead .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Tamulionis 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. Retherford was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  3. Retherford was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Retherford pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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