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Oct. 7, 2011 — Fort Myers

Deputies Shilo Johnson and John Morgan responded to a domestic violence call where Robert McCracken answered the door with a gun behind his back.

The deputies ordered McCracken, 46, to show his hands. He refused several times, after which he looked back and forth between the two deputies and pointed a gun at Deputy Johnson.

The two deputies fired their guns. McCracken fell to the ground. He again tried to raise his weapon and deputies resumed fire. Read more

He later apologized and promised not to drink again. McCracken was sentenced to several years probation on two counts of aggravated assault with a weapon with no intent to kill.

The deputies received honors from Elks Lodge 2742.

This was the 103rd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Miami Gardens .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Pensacola .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. McCracken answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  2. McCracken was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. McCracken was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. McCracken was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. McCracken pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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