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Nov. 22, 2010 — Miami Beach

Joseph Richer, 44, and his father were involved in a legal dispute over a Miami Beach condo where Richer had lived for seven years.

Father Charles Richer gained sole ownership through the courts.

On Nov. 22, 2010, at 10:45 a.m., an eviction team that included police knocked on the door to take possession of the condo. Read more

As a locksmith opened the door, Joseph Richer fired, killing one worker and wounding another.

Officer George Sarradet sustained gunpowder burns to his face and eyes but returned fire, wounding Richer.

He was convicted of second-degree murder and attempted murder and sentenced to 45 years in prison.

This was the 98th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Richer was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Richer was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  3. Richer fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  4. Richer was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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