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July 9, 2013 — Jacksonville

A gunman robbed MoJo No. 4 BBQ in Avondale, killing a maintenance worker.

Shortly afterward, police believed the same man robbed a nearby CVS pharmacy, wounding a clerk who was shot in the face.

A tip led police to identify the man as Herman Isiah Pickens. Read more

SWAT officers spotted Pickens, 24, in the back of a Volvo around 3:30 p.m.. The Volvo crashed into a sheriff's vehicle attempting to pull him over, and Pickens jumped out, running behind several businesses.

He ignored commands to surrender.

Pickens was shouldering his way into a Chinese restaurant when he turned toward pursuing officers, his hand in a black bag he was clutching to his chest, police said.

Det. Mark Campanero fired, hitting him twice.

A loaded 9mm Smith & Wesson, stolen in 2009, was found in the bag.

A sheriff's inquiry cleared Campanero.

Pickens was charged in both crimes.

This was the 74th police shooting in Florida in 2013.

One day earlier, two officers shot one person in Tallahassee .

Seven days later, two officers shot one person in St. Petersburg .

8 ways this case compares to others

  1. Officer Campanaro was involved in one other shooting from 2009 to 2014. Eighty-five officers were involved in more than one shooting during that time period.
  2. Pickens was shot after killing someone. Just five percent of shootings started with a homicide.
  3. Pickens did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  4. A SWAT or tactical team was involved in the incident. Tactical teams are involved in 7 percent of police shootings.
  5. Pickens tried to kill someone before the shooting, according to police. That’s true only 3 percent of the time.
  6. Pickens was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  7. Pickens was suspected of being involved in an armed robbery. That's true in 1 of every 9 police .
  8. Officer was chasing Pickens on foot before shooting him. Officers shot 105 people during foot pursuits.

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