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March 19, 2011 — Tallahassee

Police and deputy U.S. marshals were trying to arrest a homicide suspect who they were tracking using his cell phone. The suspect, Kendrick Herring, 21, was spotting dozing at a bus stop on Capital Circle NW.

The Tallahassee Police Department's Tactical Team and the U.S. Marshals Service approached Herring in a van and shouted for him to show his hands and get on the ground.

The police report said Herring eventually stood up and looked like he might run but then moved his right hand toward his waistband. Although some officers later said he was raising his hands. Read more

Investigator Jeff Mahoney told an officer to stun Herring, which he did. However, Mahoney fired one shot from his rifle when police said Herring abruptly reached for his waistband.

Herring was struck once in the stomach. Police said they later found a .45-caliber handgun in his waistband.

Herring was later convicted of charges including murder and sentenced to life in prison. But an appeals court overturned the ruling because police didn't have a warrant to track his cell phone.

Mahoney was cleared by a grand jury in the shooting.

This was the 27th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

10 days later, four officers shot one person in Lauderhill .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Herring was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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