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June 29, 2011 — St. Cloud

At about 9:30 a.m., police respond to a domestic dispute at a home on Tennessee Avenue.

Elba Luz Cartagena, 24, had fired a handgun and then put the gun to her head after her lover told her to move out.

Cartagena fled on foot after police arrived. Several officers caught up to her but she escaped their grasp and removed a handgun from her waistband as she ran. Read more

Sgt. Jared Daniel fired one shot at Cartagena, who ignored police commands. When she stopped, police said, she started to point the gun and Officer John Nettles fired four times, hitting her once.

Cartagena died at the scene.

Two witnesses said Cartagena's hands were always at her sides. The following year, Nettles was disciplined for shooting a fellow officer during a drug raid on on a home. In October 2013, he was arrested on charges of stalking his fellow officer and ex-girlfriend.

FDLE records show he was dismissed from the force in July 2014 for failure to qualify with a firearm.

This was the 64th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

One day later, 11 officers shot four people in Miami .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Nettles 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. Cartagena did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Cartagena was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Cartagena was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Cartagena was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. Officer was chasing Cartagena on foot before shooting her. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  7. Cartagena showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  8. Cartagena pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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