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Dec. 16, 2011 — Orlando

Police responded to a domestic violence complaint from the girlfriend of Marcos Bonia, 37.

When officers arrived, Bonia had left.

Around 4:30 p.m., Sgt. Juan Rodriguez spotted Bonia and followed him home. Authorities say that Bonia got out of his truck with a handgun and demanded to know why he was being pulled over. Read more

He walked toward Sgt. Rodriguez, taunting him.

Rodriguez fired a total of 21 shots at Bonia, with each man using his vehicle for cover.

Two other deputies arrived. Deputy Danny Kavanaugh fired seven rounds from his handgun and Deputy Larry Quinn fired one round from his shotgun.

Bonia surrendered and was taken to a nearby hospital, wounded in the hand. He had fired one round from the 9mm handgun he had stolen from his girlfriend.

He was charged with, among other things, aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer with a firearm and was sentenced to 20 years in prison.

This was the 127th police shooting in Florida in 2011.

The same day, one officer shot one person in West Palm Beach .

Six days later, one officer shot one person in Tampa .

6 ways this case compares to others

  1. Bonia fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Officers shot 29 bullets. The average was eight.
  3. Bonia was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Bonia was involved in a domestic disturbance, a factor in 115 cases.
  5. Bonia was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  6. This shooting came after officers pulled over Bonia for a traffic violation. Seventy-seven cases began with a traffic stop.

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