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Dec. 20, 2009 — Lighthouse Point

Around 3:30 a.m., chiropractor Xavier Escobar, 39, walked to an apartment complex holding a gun and began knocking on doors and asking for help.

Then he fired two shots randomly and walked across the street to the Lighthouse Point police station, where he fired his weapon again.

He hid behind a trash bin and fired at responding officers. Sgt. Curt Lai shot Escobar in the arm and abdomen but Escobar did not surrender until his gun jammed. Read more

One of Escobar's bullets went through the window of an apartment across the street. Escobar was firing hollow-point rounds capable of penetrating ballistic vests.

He tested positive for cocaine, cannabinoids, benzodiazepines and opiates.

Escobar served more than two years in prison for second-degree attempted murder.

This was the 129th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Boynton Beach .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Riverview .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Escobar was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Escobar fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Escobar was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Escobar showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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