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July 5, 2012 — St. Petersburg

On July 5, 2012, Officer Nicolo Mangiaracina chased a fleeing car carrying two men who had just robbed the Scorpion Tobacco Shop on 34th Street N.

As the officer followed the car south, he said he saw Jahlil Cobbs, 16, raise a shotgun and point it at him from the back seat.

Mangiaracina fired several rounds through his cruiser's windshield. The driver lost control and hit another police car parked at the intersection of Third Avenue N. Read more

The driver, Jahi Williams, 15, fled on foot before a group of other officers arrested him.

As Mangiaracina approached the car, he saw Cobbs still holding the shotgun. He fired several rounds and hit Cobbs once in the leg. River Tremblay, 15, the teens' look-out, was left behind at the shop.

This was the 73rd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

One day later, three officers shot one person in Pensacola .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Mangiaracina 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. Cobbs was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Cobbs was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Cobbs was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Cobbs pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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