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July 15, 2011 — Pembroke Pines

Broward County sheriff's Deputy John Milligan showed up to evict Allen Gauntlett, 52, a Jamaican immigrant and ex-security guard, from a foreclosed house.

Officer Luis Bermudez was sent as backup when Milligan reported Gauntlett had set the house on fire. When he arrived, Bermudez said he saw the deputy holding Gauntlett at gunpoint.

Gauntlett reportedly refused Milligan's orders to "get on the ground," and reportedly told the deputy "just shoot me" and "kill me" repeatedly. Bermudez said he saw Gauntlett "physically engage" the deputy. Milligan then broke loose from Gauntlett. Read more

After Gauntlett charged at the deputy again, Milligan fired at him but could not stop Gauntlett.

Bermudez then fired two rounds at Gauntlett, who then fell to the ground.

Gauntlett was wounded in the abdomen and hand and survived.

Thought the accounts of the deputy and officer differed, both were cleared by a Pembroke Pines Police Department investigation.

This was the 70th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Three days earlier, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

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

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Evidence in this case, and accounts given by officers and witnesses, included conflicting details. That was true for 27 other cases.
  2. Gauntlett did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  3. Gauntlett was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  4. Gauntlett showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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