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July 11, 2012 — Eustis

Gilberto Roman Rivera went into an Advance Discount Auto Parts store on July 11, 2012, and shot and killed Rose Nelson, 54, whom he had been stalking.

Rivera, 57, shot another female employee in the hand. Officials said he then ran into the woods where Deputy Joshua Creech found him sitting beside a tree with a revolver pointed at himself.

Creech told Rivera to put down the gun but instead he pointed it toward the deputy. Deputy Creech opened fire with four rounds, killing him. Read more

Rivera had served 6 1/2 years for an attempted murder in 1999. Deputies found what appeared to be a suicide note in his truck.

Creech was cleared by the state attorney's office.

This was the 76th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Five days earlier, two officers shot one person in Summerfield .

Four days later, one officer shot one person in Leesburg .

7 ways this case compares to others

  1. Rivera was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  2. Rivera did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Rivera was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Rivera told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Rivera was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Officer was chasing Rivera on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.
  7. Rivera pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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