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Dec. 27, 2010 — Jacksonville

Mark Stephen Yoachum, Jr. and another man had robbed a Family Dollar story at gunpoint.

Splitting from his partner, Yoachum, 20, then stole a car from the parking lot and led police on a half-hour chase that ended when Yoachum crashed into a ditch.

Yoachum then ran into a wooded area near Thomas Jefferson Elementary School. The officers followed a police dog into the woods. Read more

According to the news reports, Yoachum fatally shot the dog, and then officers Jackson Short, R.M. Silcox and Larry Propper fired multiple times, killing Yoachum.

The officers were put on standard administrative leave. The shootings was later ruled justified, and the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office took no further action.

Yoachum's accomplice, Johnny Bowman III, was arrested soon after.

This was the 108th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Six days earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Yoachum fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Yoachum was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Yoachum was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Yoachum was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officers was chasing Yoachum on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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