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April 29, 2012 — St. Petersburg

Anthony Stahley, 27, was suspected of stealing a man's bicycle while armed with an ax.

An officer saw him riding the bike in a nearby alley and tried to grab him. Stahley broke free and the officer fell.

Sgt. Karl Lounge arrived as backup and saw Stahley standing over the officer with the ax. Read more

Lounge hit Stahley with his cruiser. When Stahley continued to advance with the ax, Lounge fired several times, wounding him.

Stahley was on probation for aggravated assault. He was sentenced to five years in prison for several counts of aggravated assault.

This was the 44th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

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

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Hollywood .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Sgt. Lounge was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Stahley approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  3. Stahley was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Stahley were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .

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