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June 7, 2014 — Panama City

Panama City police officers responded to an attempted robbery at the Days Inn off of Highway 98.

While searching the area, a woman approached an officer and reported that a man fitting the suspect's description had just attempted to carjack her.

Officer Robert Smith observed David Harmon, 30, entering a nearby Ramada hotel with a handgun. Officers took positions to stop Harmon who, according to police, was heard baiting the officers to shoot him. Read more

Harmon ran out a side exit and aimed his pistol at Officer Smith, who shot him once in the abdomen.

It turned out that his handgun was a realistic air pistol. Harmon was sentenced to eight years in prison.

This was the 67th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

One day later, one officer shot one person in St. Augustine .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Harmon was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Harmon were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Officer were chasing Harmon on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  4. Harmon pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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