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Oct. 11, 2013 — Lakeland

Jocelyn Manganello's brother, 21-year-old Sheldon Norman, said he wanted to kill himself.

Norman was wanted on arrest warrants for grand theft, probation violation and was suspected in a burglary at his sister's home. Manganello told her husband, Paul, to call police while she drove to her brother.

Manganello later called the Polk County Sheriff's Office to tell them that Norman was with her and had a gun. Read more

Three patrol cruisers spotted Manganello's car about 5:15 p.m. and stopped it. Manganello got out of the car and ran.

Sgt. Tommy Dixon and Deputies Aaron Motta and Matthew Cromartie approached the car and said they saw Norman raise a firearm.

Investigators said the deputies told Norman to lower the gun, but he didn't.

Dixon fired six times and Motta fired four gunshots.

Norman was hit three times before he killed himself with a gunshot to the head.

In January 2014, the State Attorney's Office concluded the shooting was justified.

This was the 103rd police shooting in Florida in 2013.

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

Six days later, four officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Norman did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers shot 10 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Norman was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Norman showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.
  5. Norman pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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