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Oct. 29, 2010 — Pensacola

A man barged into his former girlfriend's home, used her as a shield and then exchanged shots with responding sheriff's deputies, wounding three of them before he surrendered.

It was initially reported that Philip Martin Monier, 47, fired shots and deputies returned fire. But it was later learned that Monier never made a threat and did not take his gun out of his waistband until deputies opened fire.

Deputies shot his ex girlfriend, Jackie Rosenbloom, 46, five times. Monier received a minor wound in the hand. Read more

Rosenbloom filed a federal lawsuit against the sheriff's office claiming deputies exceeded proper use of force.

After a few years in court, a judge let the case go forward to jury trial. The judge's ruling, based on evidence, contradicted the sheriff's version of events.

"There are facts on the record that a reasonable jury could find that the Defendant Deputies intended to shoot through Plaintiff in order to restrain Monier. Therefore, Plaintiff was the intended object of the shooting." The parties reached a $975,000 settlement out of court, just before trial.

Monier was convicted on four counts of attempted murder and sentenced to life. The Florida Department of Law Enforcement and state attorney had ruled that the shooting was justified.

This was the 87th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Three days earlier, four officers shot one person in Orlando .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Orlando .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Monier was shot after injuring an officer. That was true in 8 percent of shootings.
  2. Monier fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Rosenbloom was one of 18 innocent bystanders shot by police. Some of them were hostages.
  4. Monier was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Monier was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  6. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Rosenbloom's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.

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