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Aug. 13, 2014 — Bunnell

Cory Levert Tanner, 24, described as a Crips gang member, was shot and killed the morning of Aug. 13, 2014, in Espanola, a rural community west of Bunnell.

Around 10 a.m., U.S. Marshals tried to arrest him on a warrant charging him with attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault for shooting into a crowd.

The FDLE investigated and ruled that the shooting was justified, even though Tanner was unarmed. He had refused to come out of the bedroom in a house while U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force members begged for 30 minutes for him to give himself up. Then Tanner came running out of the bedroom toward the back door with a dark object in his hand that later turned out to be a cologne bottle. Officers opened fire, hitting him five times. Read more

Brenda Williams, Tanner's mother, met with State Attorney R.J. Larizza to further discuss the case but left the hour-long meeting feeling dissatisfied and distraught.

"I wasn't satisfied at all," she told the News-Journal. "My big question is why didn't they use the dogs (K-9 officers)? They should have done everything to get him out." She said Tanner was mentally ill and taking medication.

This was the 86th police shooting in Florida in 2014.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Lake Park .

Six days later, one officer shot three people in Orlando .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Deputy Alvarez was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Tanner told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  3. Tanner was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  4. Tanner showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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