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May 26, 2011 — St. Petersburg

William Jimmy Page, Jr., 39, was a federal fugitive living in a garage apartment in St. Petersburg.

A team of U.S. Marshals and local police caught up with him around 5:45 p.m., May 26, 2011. Instead of surrendering, authorities said, Page pulled a gun.

Two deputy marshals and a Tampa police officer opened fire, killing him. Read more

Page, from Birmingham, Ala., was wanted for violating his supervised release on a sexual offense. He had been living with his family in Metter, Ga., when he cut off his ankle monitor and fled, leaving behind a 14-page suicide note.

Page's father said that he was depressed and did not want to go to prison.

This was the 51st police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Ft. McCoy .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Page did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Page was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  3. Page was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Page told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Page showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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