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Jan. 10, 2012 — Pompano Beach

Broward deputies, Coral Springs officers and federal agents were conducting a sting to buy three guns from Johnny Wright, 23, and two other men.

Officials said one of the suspects pointed a rifle at the undercover sheriff's detective, robbed him of $1,000 and attempted to flee in a car.

When the car was blocked, Wright jumped out and pointed a handgun at the detective. The undercover detective and a Coral Springs detective opened fire, fatally wounding Wright in the back. Read more

The handgun turned out to be an air pistol.

Wright's companions, Jean Marcel Coulanges, 18, and Elvence Saint Aulien, 19, were charged with murder, which Florida law allows when someone dies in the commission of a felony.

The officers were cleared by a grand jury.

This was the fourth police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Two days later, three officers shot one person in Ponte Vedra Beach .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Wright was one of 36 people shot in the back by police.
  2. Wright was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  3. Officers shot 15 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Wright was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  5. Wright were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  6. Wright were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  7. Wright pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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