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March 20, 2010 — Clearwater

Alexander Epstein, 19, was a suspect in a shooting at a party in which two men were killed and a third injured.

Undercover Pinellas sheriff's deputies and U.S. Marshals were staking out a home on Clearwater Beach when Epstein emerged around 4:15 p.m.

Confronted by Cpl. Michael Papamichael, Epstein drew a gun from his waistband. The deputy fired, hitting Epstein four times. Read more

While on the ground, Epstein refused to drop his weapon and pointed it toward officers. Papamichael and Det. Paul Cooke shot Epstein three more times. He died at the scene.

Epstein had told his father and friends that he would not go to prison.

This was the 19th police shooting in Florida in 2010.

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

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Lantana .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Epstein was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Epstein did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Epstein was one of 25 people who were shot after telling someone that he wouldn't go to jail or back to prison.
  4. Epstein was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Epstein pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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