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Sep. 18, 2013 — Winter Garden

On Sept. 18, 2013, Winter Garden Police Officer Jorge Coello responded to a stabbing at 38 S. Park Ave.

He observed Larry John Nortonsen, 53, on the third floor of the building, fleeing the apartment he shared with Sean Ambro.

In the 911 call, Ambro said that Nortonsen had stabbed him. Read more

Officer Coello commanded Nortonsen to stop. When Nortonsen refused and started getting closer to him, Coello shot him once in the chest.

Coello said he thought Nortonsen had something in his hand. No weapon was found. Nortonsen died at the hospital. Ambro survived.

According to an officer, Nortonsen handed him his cell phone after he was shot. It wasn't clear if the phone was in his hand at the time of the shooting.

This was the 96th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Pompano Beach .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Nortonsen did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Nortonsen was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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