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March 7, 2013 — Jacksonville

SWAT officers on a dinner break saw Clifton Joel Day ram his ex-wife's car three times in an attempt to run her off the road.

His truck flipped over. Sandra Day got out of her car and told officers that her former husband was trying to kill her.

Clifton Day, 55, was at first cooperative as officers tried to free him from his truck. He was told not to reach for the .32-caliber Baretta pistol near his head. Read more

He said he understood and asked if his wife was hurt. Suddenly, he reached for the gun, officials said.

Officer Jared Reston, who was covering the other three officers, fired his rifle, killing Day.

Day had a history of domestic violence. He and Sandra were selling their house, which may have prompted the latest attack.

Reston was cleared by a sheriff's inquiry.

This was the 31st police shooting in Florida in 2013.

Four days earlier, two officers shot one person in Fort Lauderdale .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Boca Raton .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Reston was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Day was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Day was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.

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