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Aug. 14, 2011 — Riviera Beach

During a routine traffic stop, passenger Robert Robinson jumped out of the vehicle and ran, holding a gun.

Robinson, 19, then carjacked a church van, forcing the driver to take him to West Palm Beach and back to Riviera Beach, with police in pursuit, authorities said. He then bailed from the van. As Robinson approached a home, Officer Everton Morgan ordered him to get on the ground and drop his weapon.

Instead, according to police, Robinson pointed the weapon at Morgan. Morgan fired, wounding him. Read more

Robinson was sentenced to 17 years for carjacking and 10 years each for several counts of assault on a law enforcement officer and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This was the 82nd police shooting in Florida in 2011.

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

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Plant City .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Robinson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Robinson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Robinson was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Robinson was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer was chasing Robinson on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  6. Robinson pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.
  7. This shooting came after an officer pulled over Robinson for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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