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July 17, 2013 — Tampa

On July 17, 2013, Carlos Rivera-Rodriguez was involved in a domestic dispute with his girlfriend at a Tampa apartment complex.

His girlfriend had taken refuge at a friend's residence nearby called 911 after hearing Rivera-Rodriguez "rack" a gun outside.

Hillsborough County sheriff's Deputies James Woods and Garry Elser arrived and spotted Rivera-Rodriguez, 27, outside the apartment with what appeared to be a black firearm in his belt. Woods yelled several times at Rivera-Rodriguez ordering him to drop the weapon. Instead, deputies said he raised it at them. Read more

Woods then shot him "multiple" times according to police reports.

Rivera-Rodriguez' weapon turned out to be a BB pistol.

In 2014, he was sentenced to three years in prison for two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

This was the 76th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

One day later, three officers shot one person in Pembroke Pines .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Rivera-Rodriguez did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Rivera-Rodriguez was armed with a bb/pellet gun. Only 36 other people were armed the same way.
  3. Rivera-Rodriguez were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Rivera-Rodriguez pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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