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Nov. 17, 2013 — Titusville

Shortly after 1:30 a.m., police responded to a call of shots fired in the parking lot of a nightclub.

Four officers stopped a white Nissan Maxima that matched the description given of the shooter's car. The driver and one passenger complied with police orders. A second passenger, Jonathan Wilcher, 26, did not.

Police said he eventually got out of the car but refused to stop pacing and walked toward officers. One officer fired a stun gun, but Wilcher recovered and stood up from the ground, pulling a handgun out of his waistband. Read more

Officers Jeremy Pergerson, Jason Hanson and Bryan Nelson fired roughly 22 rounds at Wilcher, hitting him at least three times and killing him.

Investigators later said that Wilcher's stolen .38-caliber handgun could not be linked to shell casings found in the parking lot.

This was the 120th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

13 days earlier, two officers shot one person in Miami Gardens .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Boynton Beach .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Wilcher did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers approached Wilcher after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Wilcher was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Wilcher was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.

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