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Dec. 19, 2014 — Holiday

Early in the evening, Aaron David Martin argued with his girlfriend, who accused him of hitting and choking her.

Around 10:30 p.m., three deputies went to his home but Martin, 41, refused to let them in. Deputies broke in the front door at around 1 a.m.

Authorities said that Martin retreated to a back room and refused to let the woman's son leave. Attempts to subdue him with pepper spray and a stun gun failed. Martin charged at deputies while holding a heavy, wooden nightstand over his head. Sgt. Jay Galassi fired four rounds from his rifle, wounding him twice in the lower torso and once in the leg. Read more

In 2015, Martin pleaded guilty to charges including aggravated assault, domestic battery and resisting with violence. He received four years probation and credit for time served in county jail.

This was the 123rd police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in St. Johns .

Three days later, four officers shot one person in Lakeland .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Martin approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Martin was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  3. Martin was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.

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