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Jan. 12, 2009 — Palm Beach

After a fight with his fiancee at his residence, Adalberto Martinez told her that he would not make it out alive. He grabbed a pistol, fired and drove away in his truck.

Martinez, 47, was on medication, drugs and hadn't been sleeping for days, according to his fiancee.

He led police on a chase on the Florida Turnpike, where stop sticks were deployed on the 45th Street bridge. Martinez's truck ran them over, but he threw the vehicle in reverse and struck Officer Thomas Gitto's cruiser. Read more

He exited the vehicle and fired his pistol.

Officer Gitto and Sgt. Glenn Wright were waiting with their rifles drawn. Both fired and struck Martinez. He died on the scene.

This was the fifth police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Panama City .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Miami .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Martinez was among the 7 percent of people who appeared to be on drugs before being shot.
  2. Martinez fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Martinez was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Martinez told someone that he wanted officers to kill him. That preceded 10 percent of police shootings.
  5. Martinez was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  6. Martinez showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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