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Dec. 9, 2011 — Milton

A U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force that included deputies from the Santa Rosa sheriff's SWAT team was positioned around a house on Camille Gardens Circle.

They were there to arrest David "Chris" Lewis for aggravated assault. Lewis, 34, had a criminal history and was believed to be armed and violent.

Around 2 p.m., Lewis briefly stepped onto the front porch then went back inside. Five to 10 seconds later, he burst through the doorway with a pistol in each hand and fired roughly 20 rounds at officers. Read more

Okaloosa Sheriff's Deputies Steven Hough and Todd Watkins, who were closest to Lewis, returned fire, along with U.S. Marshal Sixto Boyer, Santa Rosa sheriff's Deputy Clifton Dykes and FDLE Special Agents Chris Webster and Christopher Williams.

Lewis was hit three times. He later died from his wounds. Lewis wounded Deputy Hough in the face and legs. Deputy Watkins received a minor injury. A small vial of methamphetamine was found in Lewis' pocket.

This was the 125th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, two officers shot two people in Miami-Dade .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Lewis was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Lewis did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Lewis was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  4. Lewis fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  5. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  6. Officers shot 44 bullets. The average was eight.
  7. Lewis was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  8. Lewis pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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