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Dec. 12, 2012 — Palm Beach Shores

Adam Brown, 49, had a towel around his waist and was standing in the pool area of his apartment complex with a rifle.

He had pointed the rifle at neighbors through a window. Officers Oscar Gilbert and Gordon Lerner responded.

Police say that Brown eventually put down the rifle but refused to back away from it. When he leaned down to pick up the rifle again, the officers opened fire. Gilbert fired 10 times, Lerner once. Brown was struck three times, in the abdomen, arm and foot, but survived. Read more

He told WPBF News that he complied with officers, put the rifle down and then heard shots. However, the police report says that he apologized to officers after the shooting. One of the officer's rounds hit the front of the scope on Brown's rifle, indicating to investigators that the rifle was in his hands.

This was the 121st police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Brown did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers shot 11 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Brown was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Brown pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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