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Feb. 10, 2009 — St. Petersburg

Officer Robert Virant and Sgt. Joseph Collins were among officers sent to a house on Second Avenue N in St. Petersburg to check on the welfare of a 911 caller.

Wendy Ott, 44, yelled that someone was sitting on her and she was having trouble breathing. Officers broke into the house and found Ott on the kitchen floor.

Julie Goodson, 42, was sitting on her, holding a barbecue fork and knife to her throat. Read more

Ordered to drop the utensils, Goodson instead reared back as though she was going to plunge them into Ott.

Both officers fired, striking Goodson four times. She died at the scene.

Ott and Goodson had lived together but Goodson had recently moved out.

The shooting was ruled justified by a shooting review board.

This was the 20th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Defuniak Springs .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Goodson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Goodson tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  3. Goodson was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Goodson were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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