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Jan. 16, 2010 — Tallahassee

Officers James Fallis and Clay Harris were working security at a nightclub when patrons told them a man in the parking lot was threatening people with a gun.

Shortly after midnight, the officers confronted Matthew Crockett, 19. Crockett, who had been drinking, opened the rear sliding window of his truck and pointed what appeared to be a handgun at them.

The officers opened fire, grazing Crockett's scalp. His weapon turned out to be a pellet gun. Read more

He later said that he had felt threatened by several men near his truck.

This was the seventh police shooting in Florida in 2010.

Two days earlier, three officers shot one person in Cross City .

Three days later, one officer shot one person in Sarasota .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Fallis was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Crockett was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Crockett were drinking alcohol before being shot. That’s true in about 10 percent of police shootings.
  4. Crockett pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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