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June 6, 2009 — Fort Lauderdale

Officer Nicholas Rollins was set up as a decoy in an attempt to catch a robber who had stolen a woman's purse earlier that day.

John Alexander Jones, 23, approached him, said that he was armed and attempted to rob Rollins, authorities said. During the robbery Rollins tried to arrest Jones, who resisted.

Officer Matthew Moceri got out of his parked car and attempted to assist Rollins. Jones reached for the hammer he had tucked into his pants, authorities said, and both officers started firing their guns. Read more

Jones was shot once in the face and once in the leg before he was taken into police custody and to the hospital.

He was later sentenced to three years in prison for robbery with a non-lethal weapon.

This was the 63rd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Jones did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Jones was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  3. Jones was armed with a blunt/bludgeoning weapon. Only nine other people were armed the same way.
  4. Jones were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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