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Jan. 28, 2013 — Jacksonville

At 7:50 p.m., officers responded to a domestic violence call.

The wife of Anthony Dwayne Harris said he had pushed their 17-year-old son into a mirror, breaking glass and causing a laceration to the boy's shoulder. The boy had intervened in an argument between his sister and their father.

As two officers attempted to take Harris, 38, into custody outside the house, he began to struggle. The trio ended up on the sidewalk, where authorities say Harris tried to grab Officer Kevin Kilcoin's gun. Read more

Officer Scott Williams pulled away from the fray, drew his own weapon and fired seven shots into Harris, killing him. Kilcoin was injured in the thigh, possibly by a ricochet.

Williams said that Harris smelled of alcohol. Harris' daughter, who said she was watching from a window, did not see her father reach for the officer's gun.

Catherine Harris, Anthony Harris' mother, filed suit against Williams and the sheriff office for negligence. The parties reached a settlement in 2015.

The sheriff's office and state attorney's office cleared Officer Williams in the shooting.

This was the 18th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Pensacola .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Harris was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  2. Harris was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. Harris was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Harris's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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