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May 24, 2013 — Largo

Around 8:30 p.m., deputies responded to a call about a man with a rifle. Deputies followed a man with what looked like an assault rifle in a black SUV.

The driver pulled over. Passenger Anthony Gonzalez, 26, jumped out with the rifle and tried to scale a nearby fence.

Deputies said that he ignored commands and continued toward the neighborhood and a ballpark. As he jumped the fence, he pointed the rifle toward the deputies. Read more

Deputy Steven Smith fired 16 rounds from his handgun. Deputy Mark Douglas fired his rifle 13 times. Gonzalez was wounded by at least seven bullets. His rifle turned out to be a realistic BB gun.

Gonzalez was paralyzed from the chest down. His mother, Pamela Gonzalez, was driving the SUV. No charges were filed.

This was the 59th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Nine days earlier, one officer shot two people in Jacksonville .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in Lake City .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officers shot 29 bullets. The average was eight.
  2. Gonzalez was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Gonzalez were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officers were chasing Gonzalez on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  5. Gonzalez pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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