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Dec. 11, 2012 — Jacksonville

Lesly Cowan and his girlfriend, Tammy Gill Lynn Gill walked into a sporting goods store to buy ammunition.

Cowan had a loaded shotgun. He was belligerent with the store employees and threatened them. They called police. Earlier, Cowan, 56, had sent a threatening email to Gill's boss because she was in the process of being fired.

Deputy Brad Hudson arrived at the sporting goods store just as Cowan and Gill were driving away. Cowan opened the rear sliding window of the truck and fired once, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office. Hudson got out of his car and fired his rifle seven times, striking Cowan several times in the upper body, killing him. Read more

Gill, 51, later said that Cowan had been acting strangely for some time, making threats against police and the FBI.

She got two years probation and credit for time served.

This was the 120th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Four days earlier, two officers shot two people in Pensacola .

One day later, two officers shot one person in Palm Beach Shores .

4 ways this case compares to others

  1. Cowan fired shots at police, which happened in 15 percent of shootings.
  2. Cowan was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Cowan was fleeing from police or a crime scene, which is true in a quarter of shootings.
  4. Cowan showed signs of mental instability. Almost a third of all shootings involved someone who appeared mentally unstable.

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