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April 28, 2012 — Daytona Beach

Daytona Beach police responded to an anonymous call about a man waving a gun in the parking lot of the Daytona Beach International Airport.

Responding Officer Joshuea Mersereau saw a vehicle flee the airport with a blown right tire. He attempted to pull the driver over, to no avail.

The car lost control and spun around, and Mersereau approached on foot with his weapon drawn. Read more

Police say that Marvin Jones, 22, pointed a revolver at the officer and fired. Mersereau fired back and Jones fled, stopped the car in a parking lot, then tried to flee on foot.

Officers began firing at him. Mersereau fired 23 times total. Officers Michael Dill and Christopher Pearsall fired five times total.

Jones was hit five times and was treated at the hospital before pleading no contest and being sentenced to 30 years in prison.

Investigators learned he had fired his weapon twice. During the altercation, Jones' passenger and girlfriend, Aviana Bailey, 23, was struck in the chest and paralyzed. She has sued the Daytona Beach Police Department, claiming that security footage proved Jones never displayed a gun and the 911 call was fraudulent.

The officers were cleared in the shooting. Mersereau was later fired for assaulting a colleague in the police locker room.

This was the 42nd police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Lantana .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Naples .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Jones fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Officers shot 28 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Jones was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Jones was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. A civil lawsuit was filed in response to Bailey's shooting. Ninety other cases led to lawsuits.
  6. Jones pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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