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Sep. 29, 2011 — Fort Myers

Police tried to pull over Starling Javier's blue Lincoln Navigator but he refused to stop.

Javier, 21, was suspected of shooting at a man during an argument. He struck a police car during the pursuit and eventually crashed into a minivan. Police said Javier ran until he reached the Sunrise Towers apartment complex, where he fired two shots at officers. Officers Erin Campbell and Christopher Scavo hit Javier with four shots -- in the back, leg, arm and a fatal chest wound.

One witness said that an officer stood over Javier and shot him but the ballistic evidence did not support that claim, according to the state attorney's report, which cleared the officers. Read more

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Javier fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Javier was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Javier was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Officers was chasing Javier on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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