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Dec. 2, 2014 — Daytona Beach

Around 2:15 p.m., Officer Michael Gavigan was running after Frank Pavano.

The pursuit began after another officer had questioned Pavano when she spotted him with a backpack in an area of recent car break-ins. Pavano, 49, ran.

He eventually stopped and advanced toward Officer Gavigan with a knife. Gavigan fired three times, hitting him in the shoulder. He also had three outstanding warrants, including one for lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor 12 years old or younger. Read more

Pavano told a paramedic that he wanted to be shot and had recently smoked meth. He had a portable meth lab in his backpack.

This was the 116th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Pavano approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Pavano was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  3. Pavano was armed with a blade/stabbing implement. Only 80 other people were armed the same way.
  4. Officer were chasing Pavano on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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