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Oct. 26, 2009 — Eustis

Ricky Cyrus Moriani, 62, wanted to return a set of keys to his former girlfriend.

The last time he showed up at her work, he got into an argument with an employee and was issued a trespass warning.

So he telephoned police to advise them of his plans. Read more

When Officer Theresa Graham arrived at the Dollar Tree store around 12:45 p.m., Moriani began to argue with her and with the employee sent out to retrieve the keys.

Officer Graham and Moriani scuffled.

He grabbed her Taser and stunned her in the forehead and midsection.

After striking her head on a post as she fell to the ground, Graham pulled out her handgun and fired twice, hitting Moriani in the chest.

He was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the attack.

This was the 110th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Two days earlier, one officer shot one person in Winter Park .

Two days later, four officers shot one person in Indian Shores .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Moriani was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Moriani was armed with a taser. Only three other people were armed the same way.
  3. Moriani were shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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