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March 17, 2011 — Jacksonville

Police in full tactical gear were serving a search warrant for drugs at the Cleveland Arms apartment.

They knocked on the door and broke in when there was no answer.

According to police, Herbert Earl Harris, Jr., 29, was seen in the hallway with a 9mm semi-automatic pistol. An undercover officer fired five times with his AR-15 rifle, striking Harris twice. Harris died at the scene. Read more

Small amounts of cocaine and marijuana were found in the apartment.

According to police, besides the search warrant, Harris had an active warrant for assault from Ohio.

The unnamed officer was put on standard administrative leave; the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office took no further action.

This was the 26th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Two days earlier, three officers shot one person in Tamarac .

Two days later, one officer shot one person in Tallahassee .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  2. Harris was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Harris pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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