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June 8, 2013 — Bradenton

On June 8, 2013, Craig Devon Rodgers, 40, was shot and killed by Bradenton Police Department Detective John Morningstar.

Police said they got a call from the cousin of Delisa Hariston, who said Delisa had sent her a Facebook message saying that she was being held against her will in her boyfriend's home.

Morningstar approached the house and identified himself as a police officer. He then watched Rodgers open the back door and flee. Read more

Morningstar chased Rodgers, then Rodgers brandished a large metal pipe.

Morningstar told Rodgers to drop the pipe.

Rodgers reportedly said Morningstar would have to shoot him, and charged toward the detective.

Morningstar fired a single shot, killing Rodgers.

This was the 62nd police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, one officer shot one person in Hobe Sound .

Two days later, two officers shot one person in Miami .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Rodgers approached police in a threatening manner before being shot. That's true in almost 10% of police shootings.
  2. Rodgers was armed with a blunt/bludgeoning weapon. Only nine other people were armed the same way.
  3. Rodgers were involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  4. Rodgers were fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  5. Officer were chasing Rodgers on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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