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May 12, 2014 — Gainesville

Gainesville police responded to an armed robbery at the North Main Street post office.

Witnesses told them that a man with a gun had grabbed cash and money orders and rode off on a bicycle. Police called in Alachua sheriff's K9 units.

Officials said that deputies Michael Hurlocker and Christopher Griseck spotted Yowab Ben-Israel, 46, at the Northside Shopping Center. Ordered to come forward and put his hands on a cruiser, deputies said that Ben-Israel started to comply and then backed away and pulled a revolver from his pocket. Read more

The deputies fired 11 rounds, striking him three times. Ben-Israel was charged with armed robbery and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

This was the 50th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

The same day, four officers shot two people in Tallahassee .

One day later, four officers shot one person in Citrus Springs .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Ben-Israel did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Officers shot 11 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Ben-Israel was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Ben-Israel was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  5. Ben-Israel was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.

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