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May 31, 2012 — Jacksonville

At 11 a.m., police responded to a shots fired call at the Cleveland Arms apartments.

Sheriff's officials said that Thomas C. McMullen, 32, had shot at several people who he thought had tried to burglarize his girlfriend's apartment. No one was hurt.

Officers later pulled over a car matching the description given to the 911 operator. McMullen bolted out of the passenger side. Read more

Officers, who saw a handgun in his waistband, chased chased him until he dove under a barbershop. Two attempts by Officer Timothy Stafford's K-9 to get McMullen to come out failed.

Stafford said McMullen then reached toward his waist. Stafford fired five shots, hitting McMullen three times, killing him.

McMullen did not have a weapon on him when he died, but officers found a handgun two blocks away that they said he tossed during the foot pursuit.

The driver of the car, McMullen's girlfriend, was not charged.

This was the 55th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Cocoa Beach .

Two days later, four officers shot one person in West Palm Beach .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. K-9 Officer Stafford 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. Police thought McMullen, who was unarmed, was reaching for a weapon before shooting him. Thirty-eight unarmed people were shot when police said they saw them reach for something.
  3. McMullen was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. McMullen was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. McMullen was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Officer was chasing McMullen on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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