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Nov. 22, 2011 — Lakeland

Off-duty police Officer Preston Chatmon arrived home and found two men standing in his living room with his flat-screen TV in their hands.

Chatmon, who had drawn his service weapon, identified himself as a police officer.

He struck Nelson Rodriguez, 33, with the butt of his gun as Rodriguez muscled past him out the door. He fired at Anthony Santiago, 18, whom he said moved toward him with something in his hand. Read more

Santiago, shot in the thigh, also ran out the door. Chatmon chased both men, eventually catching them and holding them until backup arrived.

Rodriguez is Santiago’s stepfather.

This was the 119th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, three officers shot one person in Hialeah .

Five days later, one officer shot one person in Dania Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Santiago was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  2. Santiago was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  3. Officer was chasing Santiago on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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