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Jan. 14, 2014 — Fort Pierce

St. Lucie County sheriff's deputies responded to a call near 3:30 p.m. about loud music coming from a garage across the street from an elementary school.

The deputies got no answer when they knocked on the front door and garage door. According to the sheriff's office, the garage door suddenly opened and Officer Christopher Newman saw Gregory Hill, 30, inside with a gun in his hand and he raised it toward Deputy Edward Lopez.

Newman, who was 11 to 14 feet away, fired his weapon as Hill pulled the door closed. Read more

The deputies retreated and a SWAT team responded, later sending tear gas into the house. But after no activity for several hours, a robot found Hill, a father who was planning to marry his fiance in the coming months, dead inside from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators found a gun in Hill's pocket. It was not loaded. Newman was cleared by a grand jury in the shooting.

This was the seventh police shooting in Florida in 2014.

Three days earlier, three officers shot one person in Miami Gardens .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Interlachen .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Hill answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  2. Officer approached Hill after he was suspected of committing a minor crime. That’s true in 1 of every 12 cases.
  3. Hill was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Hill was drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Hill pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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