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June 15, 2009 — Jacksonville

Two officers were working off-duty and in uniform when they approached Kiko Battle and his friend.

The officers intended to write Battle and his friend a pedestrian citation for walking in the street. The friend cooperated and was put in the patrol car.

Battle, 24, argued with Officer John Nobles and then moved away. Nobles fired his Taser. A gun dropped from Battle's waistband as he collapsed. Read more

As he got up, Battle picked up the gun and pointed it toward the officers, officials said. Nobles fired several shots.

Battle was hit and began to run as both officers ran after him.

He climbed over a fence still holding the gun and was ordered to stop. He was shot again, and fell to the ground, fatally wounded. His loaded gun was found by his feet.

The officers were doing "quality of life enforcement" when they approached the men.

Battle's grandmother witnessed the shooting and told reporters she was begging the officers not to shoot.

Officers were cleared by a shooting review board.

This was the 67th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Port St. Lucie .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Lantana .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Battle did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers approached Battle after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Battle was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Battle was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Battle was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Officers was chasing Battle on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  7. Battle pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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