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July 25, 2012 — Clearwater

Officer Karl Wassmer, 46, and his recruit, Lauren Josey, were performing routine patrols when Wassmer suggested that he confirm the standing warrant against Julius Larrance, 19.

The officers pulled into an apartment complex where they saw Larrance. Larrance began knocking on a door to see if he would be let in, but bolted when he saw the officers exit their vehicle.

While giving verbal commands to stop, Officer Wassmer chased him into some bushes at which time Larrance began to fire at the officer. After taking cover behind some shrubs, Wassmer fired back. Read more

Larrance then fled the scene making entry into a family's apartment. Wassmer, unaware of Larrance's whereabouts, saw the family exit their apartment and ordered them to go back inside for it wasn't safe. The family then informed the officer that the suspect was in their home.

Officer Wassmer waited for back up and was relieved from duty when they arrived. Several units entered the home and found Larrance on the floor, dead from a gunshot wound. Officer Wassmer sustained a minor injury to the foot, believed to have come from a bullet fragment.

This was the 84th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Six days later, two officers shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Larrance was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Larrance fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Larrance was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Officer was chasing Larrance on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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