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Aug. 22, 2009 — Jacksonville

Officers chased a car with five armed men wearing Halloween masks after the group robbed a man of $60 and forced him to strip naked.

During the brief chase, several guns were thrown from the car. Patrol officers stopped the suspects' car using spiked strips around 12:30 a.m.

Antonio Kendrick, 21, tried to run away from the car, gun in hand. Read more

Officer Everhart Avinger shot Kendrick after he refused to drop a semi-automatic pistol. After Kendrick was down, Avinger said he fired again when Kendrick reached for the pistol.

Kendrick was taken to the hospital and pronounced dead.

Avinger was cleared in an internal investigation.

A jury later ruled that the death of Kendrick was an extension of the robbery, and declared the four friends guilty of second-degree murder. Prosecutors argued that had it not been for their group effort that night, Kendrick would still be alive.

This was the 92nd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, six officers shot two people in Pompano Beach .

Five days later, three officers shot one person in Miami Gardens .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Kendrick did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Kendrick was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Kendrick was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Kendrick was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer was chasing Kendrick on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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