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April 28, 2011 — Pomona Park

An undercover officer arranged a sting in Putnam County to illegally purchase a firearm from convicted felon Rodrigo Espinoza and Avery Corbitt.

The younger brother of Espinoza, Emanuel, was also present.

Officer David Tiller was also supposed to buy cocaine. Police said the three men pulled weapons on the officer. Tiller then opened fire. Read more

Rodrigo Espinoza, 22, was killed. Tiller was shot in the right leg. Corbitt, 19, was shot in the neck while retreating for cover. He was arrested at the scene.

Emanuel Espinoza, 17, later turned himself in to the Putnam County Sheriff's Office.

The Florida Department of Law Enforcement said the shooting was justified. Avery Corbitt was sentenced to life for his role in the shooting. Emanuel Espinoza received a sentence of seven years in prison.

This was the 44th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

One day later, two officers shot one person in Sunrise .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Espinoza and Corbitt were shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Espinoza and Corbitt were shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  3. Espinoza was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Corbitt was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Espinoza and Corbitt pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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