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Nov. 6, 2012 — St. Petersburg

Around 1 a.m., Ebony Oliver, 20, and Lamont Burgess, 36, robbed a 7-Eleven on Fourth Street N.

According to police, Oliver held a knife to the throat of one clerk while Burgess stood by with a shotgun. They had already been spotted by undercover officers.

Burgess and Oliver left the store with the money and were confronted by police. As Burgess fled down the alley behind the store, he pointed his shotgun at a detective who opened fire, killing him. Read more

Oliver headed in another direction but was found hiding under a car by a K-9. The State Attorney's Office and a police review board ruled that the shooting was justified.

Oliver was sentenced to 12 years in prison for armed robbery and second-degree murder.

This was the 114th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Three days earlier, three officers shot one person in Port St. Lucie .

19 days later, two officers shot two people in Doral .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Burgess was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  2. Burgess was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  3. Burgess was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Burgess pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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