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Feb. 5, 2009 — Jacksonville

At an ATM, Rachel Etheridge displayed what looked like a gun and demanded money from two woman.

Etheridge, 25, then reportedly took their car keys and drove away in their orange 2008 Honda Fit. Police chased the car onto Interstate 95 and forced it into a guard rail and down an embankment.

Sgt. Robert Burns said he verified twice on the police radio with a dispatcher that the woman was armed with a handgun. Burns and other officers ordered Etheridge to get out with her hands up. Read more

Burns said he saw her grab for what appeared to be a gun. Burns fired four times.

Etheridge was taken to Shands Jacksonville, where she died of three gunshot wounds.

Etheridge's gun ended up being a BB gun. A warrant on a home-invasion robbery had been issued for Etheridge a day before the shooting.

This was the 17th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Jacksonville .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Etheridge was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  2. Etheridge were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Etheridge were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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