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Jan. 9, 2013 — Tampa

Three undercover detectives were investigating crack cocaine sales at the Cinnamon Cove apartments near University Square Mall.

Detectives had made a purchase from Robert Gary Jr., 31, the previous day and one detective was back to make another purchase around 5:30 p.m.

This time, the sheriff's office said, Gary tried to rob the detective. Read more

The two struggled on an exterior staircase, eventually fighting over the detective's pistol. The gun went off several times.

Police say that the other two detectives rushed up and identified themselves, telling Gary to drop the weapon.

He refused and, fearing their colleague had been shot, they fired at Gary, killing him.

The detective fell down the stairs during the altercation but was not seriously hurt.

This was the ninth police shooting in Florida in 2013.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Tamarac .

Four days later, two officers shot one person in Indialantic .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Gary did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Gary was shot during an undercover sting. That was true in less than four percent of cases.
  3. Gary was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Gary was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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