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Dec. 20, 2009 — Cape Coral

Around 1 a.m., police pulled over a car containing Tyson Richardson, 21, Patrick Nelson, 19, Mike Borrell, 27, and Jarrett Mundle, 19.

Driver Patrick Nelson stopped in the parking lot of the Steak 'n Shake restaurant on Pine Island Road. The four men were suspects in a home invasion robbery.

Nelson got out of the car. Tyson Richardson climbed into the driver's seat from the rear with a handgun and fired one or two shots. Read more

Officers returned fire.

Richardson pulled the car around the rear of the restaurant, coming up behind the patrol cars, and rammed one. He got out of the car and, according to police, raised his weapon toward them. Six officers fired.

Richardson died at the scene, hit a total of 12 times.

Borrell and Mundle were injured, likely by stray bullets according to the investigator.

This was the 129th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

The same day, one officer shot one person in Boynton Beach .

Also on the same day, one officer shot one person in Lighthouse Point .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Richardson did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Richardson fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Officers shot 62 bullets. The average was eight.
  4. Richardson was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  5. Borrell, Mundle and Richardson were suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  6. Borrell, Mundle and Richardson pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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