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Nov. 23, 2009 — North Port

On Nov. 23, 2009, an alert was sent out about a shooting in the parking lot of the south Sarasota County courthouse.

Alan Provencal, upset over his pending divorce, had just shot his estranged wife, Carolyn, in the back of the head.

Police attempted to pull over Provencal on South Salford Street, near the home that was the focus of their bitter dispute. Provencal, 69, kept driving to the home and parked his truck in the garage. He stood outside the detached garage, with a handgun, refusing commands to drop the weapon. Read more

Officer William Carter circled around the house until he was behind Provencal. Police say Provencal raised his weapon toward police.

Carter fired his rifle, striking Provencal twice in the back and killing him.

This was the 120th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

9 ways this case compares to others

  1. Provencal was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Provencal did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Provencal was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  4. Provencal was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Provencal was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. Provencal told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  7. Provencal was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  8. Provencal showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  9. Provencal pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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