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Jan. 16, 2013 — Orlando

Eight detectives and drug enforcement deputies surrounded a building on Arlington Street after a tip about 10 pounds of marijuana.

They noted a strong smell of burnt marijuana through two open windows on the north side of the building. A detective yelled for the suspects to open the door and come out.

Through a porch window, Det. Christopher Bigelow said he saw a handgun on a sofa. He said Karvas Gamble, 19, reached for the gun and Bigelow fired one round, fatally wounding Gamble in the belly. Read more

Cordaryl "C.J." Wilson, 25, ran out of the house with his hands in his waistband, police said. Officer Anthony Mongelluzzo fired three rounds, hitting him once in the legs.

The FDLE report does not indicate that a weapon was found near Wilson. Three guns, two of which were stolen, and small amounts of marijuana and ecstasy were seized in the building.

Grand jurors reviewing the shooting noted that Wilson was shot during the "knock-and-talk" operation after he didn't respond to an order to raise his hands — an order he couldn't follow because he wears an arm splint and has nerve damage from a 2011 shooting.

They criticized the raid as poorly planned.

Gamble's mother, Tanjila Lippett, sued the officers and the City of Orlando, claiming it was a case of the "unnecessary and violent murder of an unarmed young man . . . during an execution of a warrantless operation." The case was settled in October 2015.

This was the 12th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Fruitland Park .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Mongelluzzo 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. Gamble and Wilson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Police thought Wilson, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Gamble's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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