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Nov. 13, 2011 — Jacksonville

Edward J. Littleton, 22, and a teenager tried to rob a Family Dollar store at 4:45 a.m.

A truck driver an the back of the store notified Officer G.W. Germann, an off-duty officer working at the Walgreens next door. The officer saw Littleton walking toward the store's front window with an assault rifle and fired three times with his own assault rifle, hitting Littleton once in the left shoulder.

Littleton was treated at a hospital and booked into jail. Read more

Germann was put on administrative leave as is protocol, and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office took no further action against him.

In 2013, Littleton was sentenced to 25 years for the armed robbery.

This was the 116th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Royal Palm Beach .

Seven days later, one officer shot one person in Lauderdale Lakes .

2 ways this case compares to others

  1. Littleton was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Littleton was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .

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