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Nov. 27, 2012 — Palm Bay

Palm Bay police respond to calls from witnesses about a masked man robbing a Walgreens.

According to police, Kenneth Kirwan threatened the pharmacist with a gun, demanding cash, cigarettes and oxycodone.

Police confronted 20-year old Kirwan, who tried to flee and refused commands to drop his gun. SWAT member Josh Taylor fired at him outside the store, critically injuring him. Read more

Kirwan was later convicted of armed robbery, aggravated battery and assault, and kidnapping.

This was the 117th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

The same day, two officers shot one person in Miami .

Seven days later, two officers shot one person in Youngstown .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Kirwan was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  3. Kirwan was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Kirwan was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .

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