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Sep. 28, 2009 — Starke

Sergeants Kevin Mueller and James Hooper were hoping to question a suspected gunman in a recent robbery at King's Produce Store.

When they arrived, Joe Prevatt, 44, was standing in the doorway of his house. He refused to come out.

Mueller and Prevatt got into a struggle. Prevatt pulled a handgun and started to fire at Mueller, who fired back. Read more

As Mueller fired at and retreated he was unaware that the Prevatt had fallen to the floor.

Prevatt received a bullet injury to the head.

A preliminary autopsy determined that the fatal slug was not the same caliber as Mueller's service pistol and that Prevatt likely killed himself.

This was the 99th police shooting in Florida in 2009.

Four days earlier, one officer shot one person in Jacksonville .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Pensacola .

5 ways this case compares to others

  1. Prevatt did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Prevatt fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  3. Prevatt was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  4. Prevatt was shot after resisting arrest. A total of 114 people were shot while resisting arrest.
  5. Prevatt was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .

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