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May 18, 2011 — High Springs

Robert Nodine, 63, arrived at school to pick up his grandchildren only to find that the Florida Department of Children and Families asked that the children not be released.

According to law enforcement, Nodine was escorted off campus. Nodine retrieved a bandolier and gun from his car and returned to the school.

He was confronted by Alachua Sheriff's Deputy Brian Phillips and High Springs Police Sgt. Charles Harper. Read more

While it is unclear who fired the first shots, Nodine and the officers exchanged gunfire. Nodine was wounded.

He was found guilty on two counts of attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and sentenced to 35 years in prison.

This was the 49th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

Five days earlier, one officer shot one person in North Miami Beach .

Six days later, one officer shot two people in Jacksonville .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Nodine fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Nodine was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Nodine pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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