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Feb. 12, 2012 — Jacksonville

Two off-duty officers in uniform were working early morning security at Club Aqua.

Several hundred people were gathered in the club's parking lot after closing. The officers heard that a man who had been ejected earlier was going to his car to get a gun. There had been several altercations that night inside the club.

When confronted, officials said, Nicholas Samuel Underwood, 24, refused to drop his weapon and get on the ground. He continued to walk toward the front of the club, his revolver raised. Read more

Officer Michael Peterson fired five shots from his rifle, hitting Underwood several times in the upper chest, killing him.

Peterson was cleared after a sheriff's review.

This was the 14th police shooting in Florida in 2012.

Two days earlier, three officers shot one person in West Palm Beach .

One day later, one officer shot one person in Pompano Beach .

3 ways this case compares to others

  1. Underwood did not immediately comply with police instruction, a factor in nearly a quarter of shootings.
  2. Underwood was armed with a firearm. That’s true of almost half the people shot.
  3. Underwood pointed a weapon at officers. Twenty-eight percent of shootings involved people who police say pointed a weapon at them.

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