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Jan. 19, 2010 — Sarasota

Shortly after 10 a.m., a customer called 911 to report a robbery at a Walgreens on Tamiami Trail.

Zachary Mathes, 22, was brandishing a pistol and demanding painkillers from the pharmacist. When two police officers ordered Mathes to get on the floor, he pulled a pistol from his waistband and continued to walk down the aisle toward the door, police said.

He shook his head "no" in response to commands from Officer Todd Tschetter to drop the weapon and as he raised the gun, Tschetter fired his rifle. Read more

Mathes, wounded, continued to point the gun. Tschetter fired three more times, killing him.

Kristin Gabriellini, 47, who drove Mathes to the drug store, was sentenced to two years in prison.

This was the eighth police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Three days earlier, two officers shot one person in Tallahassee .

One day later, three officers shot one person in Lauderdale Lakes .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Mathes did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Mathes was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Mathes was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  4. Mathes pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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