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Dec. 7, 2014 — Titusville

It started when a neighbor called off-duty Brevard Deputy Jessie Holton at 12:30 a.m.

A man was burglarizing cars, the neighbor said. Holton spotted Wilford Elijah McCloud, 32, entering a vehicle a few doors down from where Holton lived. He identified himself and yelled for McCloud to show his hands.

Instead, McCloud fled. He eventually turned toward Holton in the backyard of a home and took a boxing stance. Holton then saw what he thought was a knife in his hand, according to records. He fired five shots, wounding McCloud. The silver object turned out to be a pen-style flashlight. Read more

McCloud said that he ran because he didn't think Holton was a deputy. Titusville police said McCloud had been arrested days earlier for being a felon in possession of a firearm. Charges of burglary, assault on a officer and resisting were later dropped.

This was the 119th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

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

One day later, one officer shot one person in Orlando .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer approached McCloud after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  2. McCloud was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  3. Officer was chasing McCloud on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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