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Oct. 26, 2011 — Lantana

William Dabbs pulled up next to the car of Lawrence Modena, his employer, in a parking lot near the Home Depot on SW Eighth Street. He shot Modena in the torso and head.

Dabbs, 54, then fled the scene and officers began a high-speed chase down I-95. He exited the highway and the chase continued until Dabbs came to a stop on South Federal Highway north of Hypoluxo Road.

According to police, Dabbs refused to drop his handgun. Some reports say he pointed the gun at himself and then at Det. Jason Llopis. Llopis fired at least three shots into the driver's side of the white van, injuring Dabbs. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Dabbs was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Dabbs was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Dabbs was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Dabbs pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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