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July 22, 2012 — Tampa

Around 7:30 p.m., officers went to the Central Court Apartments to investigate reports of gunfire.

They spotted Javon Neal, 16, who matched the description given in the 911 call. According to police, as they approached, Neal ran up an outdoor staircase.

As he ran, he reached for something in his shorts. When he got to the third floor he turned toward Officers Shannon Murphy and Gregory Pryor, aiming a pistol-grip shotgun. Read more

They ordered him to drop the weapon and shot him dead when he did not.

The shotgun fell to the ground below, which became a point of contention for complex residents. They told reporters that if Neal had been carrying the weapon, it would have fallen near him.

A security video from the complex showed Neal running up the stairs with his hand in his pocket, followed several seconds later by the two officers. They rounded the corner, looked surprised and then fired nearly simultaneously.

This was the 82nd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, four officers shot one person in Tampa .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Pryor was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Neal was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Officers was chasing Neal on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  4. Neal pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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