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March 10, 2009 — Marathon

Lt. Nancy Alvarez was told by federal agents that a wanted man might be coming through Marathon and for her to keep an eye out.

When someone reported seeing Larkin Baggett, 53, who was wanted for allegedly dumping pollutants in Utah, at a boatyard.

Alvarez, Sgt. Samuel Cassel, and other federal agents went to the boatyard where they found Baggett's trailer. Read more

Baggett opened the rear door to the trailer pointing a high-powered assault rifle at them.

Cassel and another unidentified agent yelled for Baggett to lower his weapon. When Baggett opened fire, Cassel and the agent fired shots at Baggett.

Baggett disappeared back into the trailer and returned with his hands up and surrendered. He was sentenced to 20 years.

This was the 33rd police shooting in Florida in 2009.

One day earlier, one officer shot two people in West Palm Beach .

One day later, one officer shot one person in St. Petersburg .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Baggett did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Baggett fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Baggett answered the door with a gun before being shot. Only 13 people were shot in similar circumstances.
  4. Baggett was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.

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