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May 29, 2010 — Jacksonville

Detectives had staked out a store, hoping to catch robbers responsible for several recent armed thefts in the Jacksonville Gate area.

When the store manager walked out with a bag of money, the detectives witnessed Jessie N. Cooper, 28, jump him, take the money and run to a SUV, according to news reports. Detectives Michael Padgett and Clement Nieto told Cooper to surrender. Instead, Cooper pointed a gun at them through the windshield of the SUV, officials said.

The detectives fired. The SUV drove through the parking lot, and the detectives fired again, as Cooper kept the gun pointed at them. Cooper was hit and died at the scene. Read more

Police arrested Cooper's girlfriend, Shaketa Jones, in a nearby driveway and accused her of orchestrating the robbery.

Jones, who argued that she was having phone sex with her boyfriend at the time of the robbery, was convicted of second-degree murder in his death.

During the trial, her lawyer argued that Cooper did not point a gun.

An internal review cleared Padgett and Nieto of wrongdoing.

This was the 43rd police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Eight days earlier, three officers shot two people in Cocoa .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Tallahassee .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cooper did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Cooper was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Cooper was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Cooper was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Cooper pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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